Newsreel clip on Minnesota welcoming major league baseball to the state in April 1961. Exterior views of Metropolitan Stadium, the home of the new Minnesota Twins. Banner reads "The Minnesota Twins Welcome You." Announcer notes team is playing in Bloomington, seven miles from each of the state's two major cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. View of 25,000 spectators, most bundled up for a chilly day, inside stadium for the home opener against the Washington Senators. Those on hand include baseball commissioner Ford Frick, American League president Joe Cronin, and Minnesota Governor Elmer Andersen. Announcer notes the previous Washington team moved to Minnesota and was replaced with a new Senators team in Washington. Dignitaries walk on field trailed by Minnesota manager Cookie Lavagetto and Washington manager Mickey Vernon. Dignitaries raise the American flag. Governor Andersen kisses a baseball and throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Announcer notes Twins lost this game, but says "Who cares?" because Minnesota is in the big leagues.
A map of United States. Tourists couple at lake side. Stone slab gives information about the Mississippi River, originating 1475 feet above the sea level from the glacial Lake Itasca. The couple crosses a water channel through stepping stones.
Industries in the Midwestern United States. Aerial view of industrial and manufacturing buildings. Men punch in to a time clock using punch cards in a time clock. Men operate machines in a factory that makes machine parts. Coal transported in rail cars. A giant crane shovel loads iron ore in hopper cars in northern Minnesota. Hopper cars transport ore to shipping area at Lake Superior. Barges at docks on Lake Superior. Aerial view of barge underway on Lake Superior, still near land port. Side view of locomotive engine of Illinois Steel Company South Works, with conductor leaning out window, as it pulls away carrying iron ore. View inside plant as iron ore is converted to iron and then to steel for use in industries. Ships underway in inland waters. Close up view of black locomotive train engine in marshaling yard as it moves slowly. A rail worker is climbing on a side ladder of the moving train. View from behind train of hopper cars as it departs the marshaling yard. Trucks at a loading dock area. A United Air Lines DC-3 aircraft parked at an airfield. Passengers ascend ladder into the DC-3. The DC-3 United Airlines aircraft taxis, and number NC 25613 is seen under its left wing. Animated map show rail network, concrete highways and air network in the Midwestern United States.
Northeastern States of the United States serve as an industrial regions. Animated map depicts the production of steel in Northeastern States of the United States. Map explains the transportation of iron ore from Minnesota to Northeastern region and its distribution to many fabrication centers. Interior of a steel plant shows a worker. Wide distribution of steel in many parts of Northeastern region.
Delegates from the Pan American Highway Commission travel northward in Minnesota, United States during a visit to various states. A bridge over the Upper Mississippi River near St. Paul is visible with a small sign identifying the waterway as the Mississippi River. The bridge has multiple metal trusses atop stone pilings. People greet the Commission delegates in a small town. View of Minnesota Governor J.A.O. Preus enjoying a drink with commission delegates and towns people near a town gazebo. The town may be Garrison, Isle, Malmo Township, Vineland, Wahkon, or Wealthwood Township, Minnesota, as there is also a view over the banks of Mille Lacs Lake near which all of these towns are situated.
Pan American Highway Commission delegates visit sites in Minnesota. View of world's largest open-pit iron ore mines in Hibbing Minnesota. Giant steam shovels,mining train, railroad tracks are seen. View from high up in Duluth looking down at Lake Superior. View of freighter in Lake Superior just off the shore at Duluth. Loading of iron ore into hull of the iron ore carrying freighter "General Orlando M. Poe" at dock in Duluth. Train cars carrying ore sit atop a bridge over a pier in the water. Ore seen sliding down chutes from the railcars into the waiting freighter. Views of Duluth's Aerial Bridge (an Aerial Transporter Bridge) in action spanning the sandbar known as Minnesota Point (or Park Point), as designed by Thomas McGilvray. This is the bridge before its redesign as an Aerial Lift Bridge. The Bridge's Gondola is seen moving from one side to the other.