Bagley Bound for the Great Northern Radio Show

Bagley, MN. Photo taken approx. 1902-1905 (Clearwater Co. Historical Society)

I’m in Bagley today preparing for our next live broadcast of the Great Northern Radio Show, Saturday night at 5 from the Bagley High School auditorium stage. I’ve been hyping our great lineup all week, including the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Mary Bue, Sonny Johnson and our cast of characters. You can tune in from 5-7 p.m. on Northern Communty Radio. We even have a few seats left if you’d like to come out and see the show live, which I heartily recommend. Find out more by calling 800-662-5799 or visiting

Bagley has, of course, changed quite a bit since this 110-year-old photo was taken. U.S. Highway 2 runs through town on its way to the far west, alongside the rails laid down by James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railway, our show’s namesake. Northern Community Radio has placed a strong new radio transmitter outside town. And they serve a nice meal at the Fireside, which I aim to check out when I’m in town.

Find out how we’ll be arriving in Bagley by clicking on the headline to go below the jump:

I will be riding the skid out in front of the track engine while my lovely wife rides in the cab. The musicians, as you’d expect, will be walking.

Actually, this is a steam engine hauling timber for the Wild Rice logging company
in Clearwater County sometime between 1890 and 1900. (Clearwater Co. Hist. Soc.)

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