The William Crooks was the first locomotive to operate in Minnesota. Constructed in 1861, it first provided service a year later for the Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad, a company that eventually became part of the Great Northern Railway. James J. Hill had the locomotive pull his personal train. William Crooks was displayed at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and in 1948 at the Chicago Railroad Fair. It was displayed for some time at the Saint Paul Union Depot before being put in a static display at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, in Duluth, Minnesota.
~ Photo Credit: New Brighton Area Historical Society