R.P Russell’s House and Claim Shanty

This exhibit demonstrates how R.P Russell contributed to the bryant avenue community with his house and claim shanty while also providing goods to customers at his R.P Russell store.

My first source discusses the structures chosen location and when it was built:

R.P Russell built the claim shanty in 1852 six years before Minnesota became a state. The shanty was built in the particular location so that he can claim land east of Lake Calhoun. The shanty was turned into a garage at some point. This source shows me that back when R.P Russell bought the shanty people were eager to claim areas near Bryant avenue. (Picture Bellow)

My second source shows R.P Russell’s store, I chose this source to demonstrate how Bryant avenue is close to Minneapolis MN and how many residents in Bryant avenue benefited from his store since it was in the community. His store was also the first store in St. Anthony later known as Minneapolis MN 1849. (Picture Bellow)

For my third source it discusses how the real estate developer Roswell P. Russell created subdivisions for the neighborhood so that it can be better styled, properties like his claim shanty helped this process. This building and many others of his influence Bryant avenue and many neighboring housing areas.


  1. Minneapolis Minnesota Gallery – 1800’s, www.lakesnwoods.com/Minneapolis/1800s.htm.

2.Thomas, Dylan. “A Slice of Wedge History.” Southwest Journal, 1 June 2016, www.southwestjournal.com/focus/neighborhood-spotlight/2016/06/a-slice-of-wedge-history/.

3. “Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association.” Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association, 8 May 2019, www.lowryhillneighborhood.org/.

These sources support my thesis because they show how R.P Russell’s claim shanty becomes a part of  Bryant avenue. The sources also demonstrate how his claim in Bryant avenue was an influence to the neighborhood and many other areas. His home adds on to the many people that have a history in Bryant avenue and how each of them had an influence on the community. All in all the home that he left behind has an important story behind it and that is what makes it unique in Bryant avenue.

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