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Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Father Hennepin Bluffs

 
 
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By Joseph Cavinato, July 18, 2009
1. Father Hennepin Bluffs Marker
Inscription.  This was the site from which Father Louis Hennepin, the Franciscan Priest, first viewed the Falls of St. Anthony in June of 1680. He named the falls after his patron saint St. Anthony of Padua.

The famous waterfall was responsible for the birth of Minneapolis. The cataract is the most abrupt drop in the 2,200 mile course of the Mississippi River.

This immediate ground, which commemorates St. Anthony Falls, was the former Lucy Wilder Morris Park. The original size of the area was three-tenths of an acre and is owned by the Hennepin County Historical Society.

During the summer of 1971, this land with the surrounding unused Northern States Power Company acreage was cleaned, revitalized, and open to the public. The entire six acre tract was at that time renamed Father Hennepin Bluffs.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial EraExplorationWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1680.
 
Location. 44° 58.868′ N, 93° 15.041′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin
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By Joseph Cavinato, July 18, 2009
2. Father Hennepin Bluffs Marker
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County. Marker can be reached from 6th Avenue SE just south of SE Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at the east end of the Stone Arch Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River. It is now a walking path bridge. The marker is on the right side as you exit the bridge. 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 (a few steps from this marker); Marcy~Holmes (a few steps from this marker); Portaging Around the Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); Lucy Wilder Morris (within shouting distance of this marker); Pettingill's Wonderful Water (within shouting distance of this marker); Sawmilling: The City's First Industry (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pillsbury A Mill (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Pillsbury A Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minneapolis.
 
Also see . . .
1. Father Louis Hennepin. (Submitted on July 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
2. Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock & Dam. (Submitted on November 24, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
 
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By Joseph Cavinato, July 18, 2009
3. View of Father Hennepin Bluffs Marker
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4. Father Hennepin
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5. St. Anthony Falls
From the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
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Upper St. Anthony Falls image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, August 20, 2007
6. Upper St. Anthony Falls
More falls are by the bridge just upriver from the main falls. The lock on the left allows vessels to pass these waterfalls.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,145 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 23, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona.   4, 5. submitted on July 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   6. submitted on November 24, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of St. Anthony Falls. • Can you help?

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Apr. 19, 2021