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

Pettingill's Wonderful Water

 

— Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail —

 
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By Joseph Cavinato, July 18, 2009
1. Pettingill's Wonderful Water Marker
Inscription.  A natural spring flows from the rock at the base of Hennepin Bluff below this spot. According to tradition the iron-red mud at the spring provided pigment for Native Americans. White settlers of the 1850s believed the water had medicinal qualities. In 1875 the enterprising M.P.Pettingill capitalized on the popularity of the falls as a tourist mecca and health resort by building a spa and selling the water. The business was abandoned in the early 1880s when the source of the spring was traced to a dirty swamp some distance away.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansNatural FeaturesNatural Resources. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
 
Location. 44° 58.909′ N, 93° 15.053′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. This is near the east end of the Stone Arch Bridge at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4 6th Avenue SE, 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. Portaging Around the Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); Lucy Wilder Morris (within shouting
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By Joseph Cavinato, July 18, 2009
2. Pettingill's Wonderful Water Marker
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distance of this marker); Marcy~Holmes (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stone Arch Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Father Hennepin Bluffs (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 500 feet away); a different marker also named Pillsbury A Mill (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minneapolis.
 
Also see . . .  Father Hennepin Bluffs Park. The NPS website for the Father Hennepin Bluffs Park. (Submitted on July 23, 2009.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,377 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 23, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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