IN PROGRESS: This is a timeline of events and photos.
Oaklawn Cemetery Created: Four acres were purchased from Oscar and Martin Sands to create the cemetery.
1910: Hotel Helen: Nels Hendrickson built the concrete block store building later occupied by August P. Olson.
1910: Baseball Team: Photo of the town’s baseball team.
1910: The Stockyard: After the railroad went through, a stockyard was built.
1910: Young People’s Gathering: A photo of some young folks at Martin Sands’ farm.
1911: Building the Roads: Check out this photo of the ditching crew.
1911: Voting Out the Saloons: Oh yes, they did. And a bunch of other transactions happened too.
Alvarado Train Depot: How much did it cost to take the train from Alvarado to Warren?
1912-13: Business News: And a photo of some guys in furry chaps.
Barber Moves to Town: Everyone gets haircuts.
1914: Business Listings: And some awesome street shots.
Vote for Lindbergh: His dad showed up to campaign.
1915: Richest Village in U.S.: Living large with a $1,600 per capita, baby.
Vasa Lodge: A secret society? Na, a place for guys to speak Swedish.
Potato Industy Begins: Potato guns were invented later.
Auto and Machinery Dealers: Minnesota Auto Company became a big deal.
Delivering the Mail: Photo of Martin Fering and his trusty horse.
1916: Alvarado Band Stand: The band was a big deal, with a big-deal bandstand being built.
Doctor Ward’s Remedies: Robert Fering and his horse sold these products door-to-door.
Steam Engine: Markuson’s fancy tractor.
1904: Buying the Land: Early land ownership
1905: The Town is Born: The Soo railroad rumbles through, and the town comes to life.
1905: Boom Time: From 1905 to 1922 Alvarado experienced its greatest boom.
1905: Stores, Merchandise, and Two Goats: Yes, goats!
1905: The First Hotel: Martin Sands owned and operated it.
1905: The Growth Continues: A meat market, hardware store, and livery opens.
1907: Snow Stops the Mail: A tough winter stops the mail.
1908: Population Grows to 202: And a Justice of the Peace and Constables were appointed.
Early Farming: Photos of the Walter Sands’ farm.
1909: More Homes: Photos of some of the early houses in town.
1879: The Beginning: It all started with a post office on the Snake River.
Pre-1905: Early Settlers Trickle In: An overview of the first settlers in Sandsville Township.
1892: School Kids: Photo of school kids.
1898: The Woodman Lodge: The Woodman Lodge was built.