Street Light Glass Globe

This vintage acorn style globe from about the 1920’s illuminated St. Clair’s Main Street.

It was 1883 that Mankato used gas to light there street lights.  They had 33 lamps that lit Front Street. With the hydroelectric power of the Rapidan Dam, voltage lines were extended to our surrounding communities by 1913 lighting up all of our Main Streets.




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BECHS Artifact collection is a “closed” collection, only because we are unable to give you same day access.  In considering requests for access, BECHS must balance competing considerations such as the need to safeguard the collection and other demands on the staff.  While every effort is made to accommodate all reasonable requests, projects for study must be specific and visitors will limit themselves to the material requested.  Casual browsing and impromptu requests cannot be accommodated.

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