Saint Anthony Main in Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Sawmilling: The City's First Industry
— Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail —
Nineteenth-century sawmilling was a dangerous and environmentally destructive business. Like trees, mill workers were plentiful and expendable. Safeguards were few and accidents frequent. Testimony to this was the city's thriving business in artificial limbs. Piles of lumber and sawdust also made fire an ever-present threat to the mills and nearby buildings.
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Erected by St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 44° 58.861′ N, 93° 15.127′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. It is in Saint Anthony Main. Marker can be reached from 6th Avenue Southeast west of Southeast Main Street. Marker is mounted on the Stone Arch Bridge railing, overlooking Hennepin Island to the north, about 1/10 mile west of 6th Avenue Southeast. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Minneapolis MN 55414, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stone Arch Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marcy~Holmes (about 400 feet away); Father Hennepin Bluffs (about 400 feet away); Portaging Around the Falls (about Pettingill's Wonderful Water (about 400 feet away); Lucy Wilder Morris (about 500 feet away); Stone Arch Bridge - Great Northern Railway (about 600 feet away); The Pillsbury A Mill (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minneapolis.
Also see . . .
1. Minnesota's First Sawmills. In 1849, after many agreements and treaties with the American Indian nations, the land that was to become Minnesota, was claimed as a territory. Of the 51.7 million acres the territory encompassed, 33 million acres were forested. Most of it was untouched by humans until settlers began to drift into the hardwood forest of the southeast in the beginning of the 19th century. (Submitted on August 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Minneapolis Flour Milling Boom. While lumber sawmills arrived first in the 1840s, they were supplanted within decades by the flour mills. It was the extraordinary power-generating potential of the falls' 50-foot drop that brought the two industries to Minneapolis, though the heyday of flour milling outlasted that of saw milling by several decades. In 1880 and for 50 years (Submitted on August 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 12, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 459 times since then and 212 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.