343 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota (razed)

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Haynes Photography Studio

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Haynes photography studio
Address: 343 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Historic Function: Photography studio
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Wood
Material of Roof: Asphalt Shingles

Saint Paul Ramsey County

Frank Jay Haynes was born in Saline, Michigan, October 28, 1853. His career as a photographer began in Moorhead, Minnesota. Haynes took advantage of his position in the edge of the U.S. frontier early in his career by traveling the Dakota and Montana Territories, photographing the westward expansion of the U.S. The images that Haynes captured at this time became very popular in the eastern states, and in 1883 he became the official photographer for the Northern Pacific Railroad. This position gave Haynes a unique opportunity to photograph a singular time in history: Images of the growing Northwestern railroad network overlap with images of Native American life. Haynes was the Northern Pacific Railroad’s official photographer for over twenty years, and for much of that time he used a “Palance Studio Car” that allowed him to take his development studio to any corner of the earth that was accessible by rail. Haynes traveled extensively in the Northwest, even as far as Alaska, but he best known for his photos of Yellowstone National Park.

Haynes first went to Yellowstone in 1881. Northern Pacific Railroad maintained a line through Yellowstone Park, and they most likely encouraged Haynes to document this very scenic segment of their rail network. In 1884 Haynes was given the distinguished honor of being Yellowstone’s official park photographer, and the images he captured of the park in the following years enhanced the reputation of both the park and its photographer.

In 1889 Haynes began working out of Saint Paul in partnership with his brother Frederick E. Haynes, but Frank Haynes continued to photograph the western states until his retirement in 1916. Frank and Frederick Haynes split their business arrangement in 1892, and Frank operated a photography studio at the house pictured here from 1895 till 1908. A park now takes up the entire block on which this building used to sit.


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Related Links

Montana Historical Society collection of Haynes photography

Minnesota Photographers Directory


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