A snaphot of History

The Blue Earth County Historical Society more than 18,000 images in its collection. People and places from the past are remembered through images that have been donated to the Historical Society. More of our image collection can be found on The Minnesota Digital Library

Check out this cool new feature using BECHS historic images and present images thanks to the Bend of the River Photography Club!

New images added every week!

Hubbard Mill circa 1900, black and white image with a building and a cartHubbard Mill from about 2017, color image

Hubbard Milling Company

Lake Crystal Bank in sepia color from about 1910 with vehicles in front of itLake Crystal Bank Building in color now on a cloudy day

Lake Crystal Bank

Mapleton Main Street C. 1900, hazy blue/sepia tonedMapleton main street Now, color image c. 2017

Mapleton Main Street

Vernon Center Main Street, Black and white image, c.1908Vernon Center Main Street, Color image c.2017

Vernon Center Main Street

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