In 1856, a German immigrant by the name of Anton Phillip purchased 160 acres of land in what is now New Prague.
Within a few months, he sold tracks of land to Bohemian families immigrating into the area. Surnames of these families include Vrtis, Borak, Hanzel, Stepka, and Bruzek. These Bohemian ancestors attracted more of their fellow countrymen and by the late 1800's,
New Prague became the center of 'The Bohemian Triangle'. These families are the beginning of our history as settlers to this area
and we continue to remember their lives and document the histories of many that have followed up to our present-day inhabitants.
Here are photographs from our collection depicting life in the New Prague area over the years.
1870?, Earliest known picture of New Prague's Main Street.
1885?, Eight Firemen and Hose Cart in Front of City Hall in New Prague.
1890?, West View of New Prague Main Street with a boy, buggies and buildings.
1900, Group portrait of 40 school children at their desks with their teacher.
1906, Group portrait of the Seal of Minnesota Baseball Team.
1912, View of three duck hunters with a hunting dog, ducks and an early automobile.
Date unknown, Men playing cards.
1925, Layne's Pharmacy and interior in New Prague with pharmacy with pharmacists Rose and George Layne.
1930?, Exterior view of the Robin Hood Flour Mill Business site.
1940?, Man grilling on wood kitchen range in New Prague on Memorial Park.
1936, Interior view of the Bartyzal Bar with men standing at the bar. Spitoons are visible.
1941, New Prague Sokol members in parade float pulled by oxen. The parade commemorated the Golden Anniversary of the Katolicky Delinik (Catholic Workman) in New Prague.