Page-Bailey Farm

The Page-Bailey Farm

One of Hudson’s first prominent entrepreneurs was Captain John B. Page (1800-1865). Captain Page, a retired sea captain who had lumbered in Maine and Michigan, hailed from Maine. He came to the St. Croix Valley in the early 1840s and had a crew of loggers at work near St. Croix

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Corner Drug Gatchell

Hudson Druggist Ernest E. Gatchell

The southeast corner of Second and Locust Streets has a long history as a drug store. First to occupy the site was Dr. William F. Cavin, an early Hudson physician, who dispensed prescriptions and medicines in conjunction with his practice. Dr. Cavin was succeeded in the drug dispensing business by

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6th Street School

The Sixth Street School

In 1854 and 1855, The Hudson North Star published a column describing the community’s proposal of a new school. Soon after, the first schoolhouse was constructed in the Second Ward on the west side of Sixth Street, between the streets of Vine and Locust. This school was the first structure

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St. Croix County Court House (1857 - 1899)

The St. Croix Court House

The first meeting of the county board of the present St. Croix County was on September 9, 1848 and as there was no courthouse, the session was held at the residence of Philip Aldrich which stood on the land at the northeast corner of Second and Elm Streets. This house

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Humphrey Copperhead Article

Hudson Historical Figure: Copperheads

In 1863 Herman Humphrey spoke in support of the Copperhead campaign.

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Herman Humphrey

Hudson Historical Figure: Herman L. Humphrey

The first Hudson resident to become a United States Congressman was Herman L. Humphrey (1830-1902). He came to Hudson in 1855 from upstate New York and opened his law office here. Herman and Jennie A. Cross (1830-1880) were married the same year in Dixon IL. They had five children, Herman

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Hudson Toll Bridge

Images of Hudson: Then & Now

The St. Croix County Historical Society participated in St. Croix RiverFest this year by creating a video for the annual celebration on the St. Croix River in mid-July. The Historical Society’s video “Images of Hudson: Then & Now” highlights some historic photos from our photo collection paired with drone videos

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Vine Street Architectural Treasure Hunt

Picturesque Vine Street has long been one of the main thoroughfares through Hudson. Take a stroll down Vine Street to find the homes of Hudson’s former residents on the Vine Street architectural treasure hunt. View a pdf of the Vine Street Architectural Treasure Hunt

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Hudson Star & Times

Downtown Hudson Architectural Treasure Hunt

The Historical Society invites you to take a walk around historic downtown Hudson and enjoy the architectural treasure hunt. How many of these Hudson business buildings can you find? View a pdf of the Downtown Architectural Treasure Hunt

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Phipps House

Third Street Architectural Treasure Hunt

Whither you are out for a daily stroll, walking the dog or enjoying a walk with your family, the Historical Society invites you to have fun with an architectural treasure hunt. How many of these buildings on Hudson’s historic Third Street can you find? View a pdf of the Third

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