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The Barrel-Makers’ Co-ops

 

—Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail —

 
The Barrel-Makers' Co-ops Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
1. The Barrel-Makers' Co-ops Marker
Inscription. The red brick building at the corner of Third Avenue and First Street was one of many factories that supplied the barrels used for flour. Called coopers, the skilled workers who made barrels pioneered a new role for labor in Minneapolis. When their wages were cut in 1874 and a strike was broken, some of them formed a co-op. The idea spread, and by 1886 two-thirds of the coopers at the falls belonged to shops owned and managed by the workers. They prospered until flour sacks replaced barrels after 1900.
 
Erected by the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board.
 
Location. 44° 58.927′ N, 93° 15.675′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is on West River Parkway ¼ mile west of Portland Avenue South, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is along a walking path next to the Mississippi River. Marker is in this post office area: Minneapolis MN 55401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Washburn and Pillsbury Clans (within shouting distance of this marker); William de la Barre (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Uses for Old Mills (about 600 feet away); Indians at the Falls
The Barrel-Makers' Co-ops Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
2. The Barrel-Makers' Co-ops Marker
The Third Avenue Bridge is in the background.
(about 600 feet away); Stone Arch Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Milling District (approx. 0.2 miles away); The House of John H. Stevens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bridging the Stream (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minneapolis.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of the Feed Sack Quilt. (Submitted on July 11, 2011.)
2. Flour sacks and barrel labels. (Submitted on July 11, 2011.)
3. Third Avenue Bridge. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 11, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceLabor Unions
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 710 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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