Barber’s Photos Featured in New Bayport History Book – Twin Cities


Longtime Bayport barber Walt Serier took photographs of Bayport in 1955, 1960, and 1965 to capture the daily activities of the community.

(Courtesy of the Washington County Historical Society)

Author Chris Nelson tracked down these photos and compiled them into a new book, “Through the Lens of Walt Serier.”

With the help of various members of the community, Nelson, the former lead singer of More-Tishens, was able to identify the people and places featured in the 660 photos taken by Serier, said Brent Peterson, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society, the book. editor.

The book includes a history of Bayport and a chapter on the city’s penchant for nicknames. At one point, it seemed like everyone in town had a nickname — a long-standing practice that many say demonstrates just how tightly-knit this small St. Croix River community is.

“Through the Lens of Walt Serier” will be released at a Bayport Derby Days event from 9 a.m. to noon on September 17 at Bayport City Hall. The release coincides with the 100th anniversary of the town’s name Bayport, Peterson said.

After Derby Days, the book will be on sale for $25 at the Washington County Heritage Center, 1862 S. Greeley Street, Stillwater, as well as online at


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