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.
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.
Mostly reenactment footage showing how post-civil war Industrialization leads to a market surplus in United States giving a boost to commerce. (Film made in 1961) Development of communication system, system of sending mails by horsemen. Telegraph poles and cables set up. Construction of Transcontinental railroad tracks to develop a vast transport network. Sketches of men laying telegraph cable across Atlantic to set up link between east and west. Expansion of petroleum industry: Dramatization of an oil well "gusher" as it gushes oil upward and excited well workers celebrate. Following scene is of actual oil wells gushing and a field of oil wells and derricks in place.
Christmas time advertisement for U.S. Savings Bonds. Interior of a house decorated for Christmas, with Christmas tree and toy train running on a table. Actress Donna Reed walks to the table, stops the train and holds up a December 1958 U.S. Savings Bond. She speaks about the Savings Bond, places it on a toy train car, and starts the train. As the train moves along the track, it passes signs reflecting successive passing time increments: Dec 1961 (three years), Dec 1964 (3 more years), and Aug 1968 (3 more years and 8 months). By staying on track to maturity, the bond is worth much more. Donna Reed notes this and suggests Savings Bonds as a Christmas gift. She closes by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. (Note: The original maturity period for a Series E Bond was 10 years. But the U.S. Government reduced it to 9 years and 8 months, in 1952. That revised maturity period is reflected in this advertisement.) (Additional note: The trains are by Lionel, and include "The General" locomotive, a New York Central boxcar, a Lionel flatcar, and Lionel Lines caboose.)
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.
Delegates from The Pan American Highway Commission arrive in St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota. View of cars and buses from the commission parked in front of the Minnesota State Capitol Building. The group is welcomed by Minnesota Governor J.A.O. Preus (Jacob Aall Ottesen Preus). The group descends the stair of the Capitol building with Governor Preus and then poses for pictures with him. Group seen visiting the engineering laboratory at University of Minnesota, and then attending graduation ceremonies at the University of Minnesota. Graduates in cap and gown process during the commencement exercises.