Economic Influence

James J. Hill was a powerful economic influence in St. Paul during this period.  He had emigrated from Canada in 1856, had begun work in transportation as a clerk on the levee and rose to control of a railroad monopoly from Chicago to Puget Sound.  Hill's decision to keep the home office of the Great Northern Railroad in St. Paul was the making of many fortunes and ensured the prosperity in the city for years. 

James J. Hill ca 1912  Por/8540/p7  neg #83732