Prison-Made Steam Engines: The Northwest Thresher Company Began with Minnesota Prison Labor

Roots of the Northwest Thresher Co. trace to the mid-1800s and prison labor in Minnesota

A highly unusual photograph showing workers horsing around in front of a Northwest-manufactured steam traction engine. Circumstances of the pose are unknown.
A highly unusual photograph showing workers horsing around in front of a Northwest-manufactured steam traction engine. Circumstances of the pose are unknown.
Courtesy of Bill Vossler; colorized by Farm Collector