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By Keith L, October 16, 2008
Main Entrance Minnehaha Lower Glen Marker
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — 1 — 1–Main Entrance Minnehaha Lower Glen
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board welcomes you to Minnehaha Park. The park consists of two levels: The upper level is maintained as an open picnicking area. Many of the city's traditional festivals such as Svenskarnas Dag are held here. The . . . — Map (db m40787) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — 1st Infantry Division — United States Army
The heart of the U.S. Army is its regular infantry, with lineage going back to 1808. The First Infantry Division is America’s oldest division. In 1918 the soldiers of the 1st won America’s first major battle of WWI at Cantigy. In WWII the 1st . . . — Map (db m70951) WM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — 3 — 3 – Master Map
1 Main Glen Entrance 2 Abandoned Falls Marker 3 Master Map 4 Ecological Marker 5 Spring-fed Wetland 6 Old Godfrey Mill Site 7 Lower Glen Geology 8 Camp Fire Area 9 Springs Marker 10 St. Peter Limestone Marker 11 Mississippi . . . — Map (db m43665) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Architects and Engineers Building

This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m80195) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Beneath the Surface — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
This 1893 map shows the system of tunnels that ran under the West Side Milling District–part of the complex waterworks that brought energy from the 50-foot drop of the falls into the mills. Water from the river above the falls flowed through . . . — Map (db m28081) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Big Water / Stairway of Water
Big Water The Mississippi River, paramount among North American rivers, along with its tributaries, forms the world's fifth largest drainage system in area – 1,244,000 square miles. The Indians called this river "Father of Waters", . . . — Map (db m106852) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Bridging the Stream — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
People have long crossed the river at about this point. This was a natural fording place, used by Native Americans and also by soldiers from Fort Snelling. The first documented ferry service was provided by a Dakota Indian woman with her canoe in . . . — Map (db m50228) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Changing the Shape of the Falls — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
When Europeans first saw the falls, the crest was well below Hennepin Island. Natural erosion caused the line of the falls to move steadily upriver at about four feet a year. By the 1850s, the cataract was approaching the upper limit of the . . . — Map (db m28025) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Christ Church Lutheran — National Register of Historic Places — June 20, 2001
Christ Church Lutheran was founded on 1911. This building, designed by world famous Finnish architect, Eliel Saarinen, was completed in 1949. Immediately the building received international acclaim as one of the earliest examples of modernist design . . . — Map (db m50066) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Col. John H. Stevens
Born June .13. 1820 Died May .28. 1900 First settler in the City of Minneapolis. — Map (db m17234) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Como–Harriet Streetcar Line
For 74 years this transit railway carried passengers to downtown jobs, to University of Minnesota classes, and to picnics and concerts on the shores of Lake Harriet. Steam passenger trains of the Minneapolis, Lyndale & Minnetonka Railway first . . . — Map (db m38850) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Eagles

The Eagles installed on the Convention Center Plaza are artifacts removed from the 1927 era Auditorium which was located on the nearby site now occupied by the new Minneapolis Convention Center. The old Auditorium was bounded by Grant Street on . . . — Map (db m91399) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Eliza Winston — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
By 1860 St. Anthony had become a favorite summer resort for wealthy southerners who traveled on steamboats up the Mississippi. Often they and their black slaves stayed at the Winslow House. One such slave was Eliza Winston. Slavery was illegal in . . . — Map (db m42714) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Father Hennepin Bluffs
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 . . . — Map (db m21030) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — First School House
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Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Former Site of Plymouth Congregational Church — 1875 to 1907
[Title is text] — Map (db m79250) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Founders of Central Lutheran Church

John H. Field · O.L. Loberg · Dr. F. Moody S.A. Nelson · Oliver Prestholdt Dr. Ivar Sivertsen · Dr. C.O. Solberg J.S. Strate · E. H. Sund · Dr. A.C. Tingdale R. T. Tingdale · Christian Wangaard

Founders . . . — Map (db m91375) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Four Marine Raider Battalions Memorial
February 16th 1942 Midway, Tulagi, Makin; February 1st 1944 Russell Islands, New Georgia, Bouganville. Guadacanal-In Memory and Honor of the 8,078 men of the four Marine Raider battalions who fought in World War II, 892 of whom died in battle, 2420 . . . — Map (db m107342) WM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Fourth Marine Division Memorial — Fourth Marine Division Association
In memoriam to the 3298 men of the Fourth Marine Division of WW II who fell in battle, the 14424 wounded in action and those of us who have joined them. Semper Fidels

Roi Namur Marshall Is. 2-1-1944; Saipan Marianas Is. 6-15-1944; Iwo Jima . . . — Map (db m107345) WM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Geology of Minnesota — Lake Harriet Region
     The continental glaciers spreading over Minnesota during the great ice ages brought vast quantities of rock material from the north to be dumped indiscriminately during the recession of the ice. Old river valleys were filled and belts of . . . — Map (db m37863) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Geology of Minnesota — Minnehaha Falls
     Near Fort Snelling, 10,000 years ago, melt water from the Wisconsin glacier was discharged through the Mississippi River and plunged over a ledge of Platteville limestone into a gorge cut chiefly in the white St. Peter sandstone. The . . . — Map (db m40765) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — George Washington Bi-Centennial Tree
Planted April 27 1932 This tablet placed Americanization Day April 27 1934 By Halvarson-Bowers Aux' 187 Veterans of Foreign Wars — Map (db m17227) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Gunnar Wennerberg — Swedish Poet, Composer, Educator and Statesman — 1817 – 1901
[In Swedish and English, English version follows]: Oh God, who rulest fate of nations, Almighty thou in every land; Who holdest life and death’s privations. Within the hollow of thy hand, Whatever punishment thou wieldest For . . . — Map (db m17235) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Harriet Bandshells / Our Park Legacy — Music, Wind and Fire on the Lake — Established 1993
Do you know how many bandshells have been built at Lake Harriet? Five, each built with a distinct style and features. 1888: The first bandshell was constructed by the Minneapolis Street Railway Company on their property near the rail line. . . . — Map (db m86816) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Historic Milling District
This aerial view shows the gatehouse, water power canal and adjacent mills as they appeared in 1945. They, together with similar structures on the east bank, made Minneapolis the milling capital of the nation from 1880-1930. Changes in marketing and . . . — Map (db m27169) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — History of the Garden — Eloise Butler—Wildflower Garden Founder
“. . . a bit of natural growth is a source of greater delight to the true nature lover than the most beautiful and most highly cultivated garden” —Eloise Butler Teacher and botanist Eloise Butler was the Garden's . . . — Map (db m86830) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Indians at the Falls — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
For Native American people, the Falls of St. Anthony was a landmark and sacred place. The river was a major highway for trade and travel. Although no Indian villages have been recorded here, oral traditions suggest frequent visits for fishing and . . . — Map (db m43661) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — John Harrington Stevens House
Built in 1850, this was the first house on the west bank of the Mississippi, located at Saint Anthony Falls near the present-day Minneapolis Post Office. John H. Stevens received permission to occupy the site, a part of the Fort Snelling . . . — Map (db m17264) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Joseph N. Nicollet — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
Nicollet Island bears the name of a French scholar and scientist who explored the headwaters of the Mississippi for the US government in 1836. Accompanied by some Ojibway friends and two hired voyageurs, Joseph Nicollet camped by the falls for . . . — Map (db m38455) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Loring Park: Basilica and Churches

Construction on the Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 North 17th Avenue, began in 1907. It is the country's first Basilica and acts as an anchoring landmark on the north side of Loring Park.

The church was planned by French architect Emmanuel . . . — Map (db m91409) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Loring Park: Historic Districts and Buildings

Loring Park has 14 historically designated buildings as well as the Harmon Place Historic Auto District. Some of the designated buildings include the Minneapolis Woman's Club, the Basilica of St. Mary, the Loring Theater, the Wesley . . . — Map (db m91408) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Loring Park: Loring Greenway and Housing

The Loring Park Development District was created in 1972 to plan and underwrite high density residential and commercial building through tax increment financing. Ten blocks were demolished and redeveloped in an area roughly between the . . . — Map (db m91435) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Loring Park: Neighborhood Organizing

The Loring Park neighborhood is home to one of the city's oldest neighborhood organizations. In 1972, neighbors banded together in a successful fight to prevent the demolition of the historic 1906 Loring Park Shelter Building. Forming the . . . — Map (db m91436) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Loring Park: The Devil's Backbone

Surveys conducted in the early 19th Century identified several significant geological features of the area now known as the Loring Park neighborhood. One was "The Devil's Backbone," a long ridge located about one mile south of the . . . — Map (db m91406) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Minnehaha Depot
Milwaukee Road station agents affectionately referred to the quaint little Minnehaha Depot as "the Princess." Its delicate gingerbread architecture is reminiscent of the Victorian era when ladies in bustles and gentlemen in high collars traveled . . . — Map (db m17233) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — New Uses for Old Mills — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
The square seven-story building with a sloping mansard roof at First Street and Fifth Avenue was built in 1879 as the Crown Roller Mill. It was then one of the largest and most modern flour mills at the falls, although its daily capacity of 2,400 . . . — Map (db m43004) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Nicollet Island Businesses — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
The Nicollet Island Pavilion building was built in 1893 as the William Bros. Boiler Works. The Nicollet Island Inn was built the same year as the Island Sash and Door Company. Nearby was the large Island Power Building which was torn down in 1937. . . . — Map (db m99665) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Peavey Fountain
Given to the people of Minneapolis in 1891 by F.H. Peavey as a drinking fountain for horses. This monument was rededicated as a memorial to the horses of the 151st Field Artillery Minnesota National Guard killed in action in the First World War. — Map (db m76192) HM WM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Pettingill's Wonderful Water — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
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. . . . — Map (db m21033) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Pillsbury A Mill
Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the History of the United States U.S. . . . — Map (db m95383) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Portaging Around the Falls — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
For untold generations of Indian people the Mississippi River was an important canoe route. To pass around the falls, the Dakota (Sioux) and Ojibway (Chippewa) used a well-established portage trail. Starting at a landing below the site now occupied . . . — Map (db m21032) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — President Lyndon B. Johnson
President Lyndon B. Johnson, Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, and Governor Karl Rolvaag enjoy the spray from Minnehaha Falls. On that day in 1964, however, Minneapolis was experiencing a drought. In order to create the beautiful display of the falls . . . — Map (db m41153) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Richard Chute Square
The University of Minnesota's first building, a preparatory school, was located on this site from 1851 until the University moved to its present location in 1855. When the city of Minneapolis acquired the land for a park in 1903, it was . . . — Map (db m37825) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — State Theatre — Built 1921 • Restored 1991
A project for the City and the People of Minneapolis by the Minneapolis Community Development Agency [City Officials listed] "Dedicated to the People of Minneapolis and their children and their children's children, that through the years . . . — Map (db m71879) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Stone Arch Bridge
"This viaduct...is the only one of its kind that spans the Father of Waters, and is one of the largest and most noteworthy in the United States. Firmer than the earth which supports it, it is constructed to stand the test of time." . . . — Map (db m27042) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Symbols on the Skyline — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
Several structures have dominated the crest of the hill above this spot. The first was a luxury hotel named the Winslow House, built in 1857 by James M. Winslow while St. Anthony was still a favorite resort and health spa. Its style of architecture . . . — Map (db m50208) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — The Ard Godfrey House
Built in 1848, the Ard Godfrey House is the earliest frame house still standing in Minneapolis. An example of Greek Revival architecture, it originally occupied a site in the vicinity of Main and Second Streets Southeast. Ard Godfrey, a . . . — Map (db m37774) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — The Barrel-Makers' Co-ops — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
The red brick building at the corner of Third Avenue and First Street was one of many factories that supplied the barrels used for flour. Called coopers, the skilled workers who made barrels pioneered a new role for labor in Minneapolis. When their . . . — Map (db m44523) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — The Basilica of Saint Mary
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m75412) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
Near this spot in 1630 Father Louis Hennepin first sighted and named the Falls of Saint Anthony. This is the oldest standing church in the city of Minneapolis. The front rectangular nave, built of native limestone, was opened by the First . . . — Map (db m51065) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — The Crash of Flight 307 — March 7, 1950 at 9:02 PM
During its approach through a blinding snowstorm, NWA Flight 307 clipped its left wing on the flagpole at Ft. Snelling Cemetery. Captain Donald Jones struggled to maintain altitude as he circled around for another attempt. The wing detached . . . — Map (db m56011) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — The House of John H. Stevens — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
The US Post Office stands on the site of the first permanent dwelling in what is now Minneapolis. The land was part of the Fort Snelling Military Reservation in 1849, but the army allowed John H. Stevens to build a house in return for operating a . . . — Map (db m43036) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — The Pillsbury A Mill — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
The Pillsbury A Mill, built of Platteville limestone, was the world’s largest flour mill when it was completed in 1881. The design by LeRoy S. Buffington is considered a classic of industrial architecture, and the interior of the mill boasted . . . — Map (db m40687) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — The Stone Arch Bridge — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
In 1879 St. Paul railroad magnate James J. Hill opened his "Manitoba line" to the Canadian border, linking the wheat fields of the Red River Valley with the flour mills of Minneapolis. To improve railroad access at the falls he built this 2,100-foot . . . — Map (db m21031) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — The Washburn and Pillsbury Clans — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
Minneapolis flour milling magnate, Cadwallader C. Washburn, was a member of a Maine family that sent four brothers to Congress, all from different states. Cadwallader served Wisconsin as congressman (1854-61, 1867-71) and governor (1872-73). His . . . — Map (db m44409) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — The West Side Milling District — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
Minneapolis on the west bank of the river quickly overtook St. Anthony on the east side. A major reason was more efficient use of water power. In 1857 the Minneapolis Mill Company started to build a canal along South First Street. Enlarged and . . . — Map (db m27746) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — The Whirlpool — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
"The falls are going out!" cried the alarmed citizens of St. Anthony on October 5, 1869. A tunnel being dug under the river bed to bring waterpower to Nicollet Island had collapsed. A giant whirlpool formed below the island as the river rushed . . . — Map (db m42741) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — The Woman's Club of Minneapolis — 410 Oak Grove Street — Individually Designated Historic Structure

Built 1927 By Leon Eugene Arnal — Map (db m91402) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — USS Minneapolis (CA36)

The heavy cruiser USS MINNEAPOLIS was the second US Navy ship to bear the name. She was built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and commissioned 19 May 1934. MINNEAPOLIS was at sea off Pearl Harbor when Japan attacked on 7 December 1941. . . . — Map (db m91372) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — USS Minnesota (BB22)

The battleship USS MINNESOTA was the second US Navy to bear the name. She was built at Newport News, VA, and commissioned 9 March 1907. MINNESOTA sailed in late 1907 as a member of the 16 ship "Great White Fleet" on a round-the-world . . . — Map (db m91371) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Welcome to the Historic Loring Park Neighborhood

The story of this place begins as an encampment for untold generations of the Dakota People. Located near the ancient trail that was later to become Hennepin Avenue, the encampment lay beside a spring fed pond, at the base of the rolling oak . . . — Map (db m91440) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Wesley United Methodist Church — Established in 1852

This church stands as the first Minneapolis Methodist Church founded west of the Mississippi River. It has been the site of several Annual Conference sessions and twice Methodist bishops have been consecrated at its altar. Having brought scores . . . — Map (db m91374) HM

Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — Westminster Presbyterian Church
The former site of Westminster Presbyterian Church Dedicated March 11, 1883 Destroyed by fire September 6, 1895. — Map (db m3687) HM
Minnesota (Hennepin County), Minneapolis — William de la Barre — Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
After the Washburn A Mill explosion in 1878, a young Vienna-born engineer called on owner Cadwallader C. Washburn with a dust-collecting device that he said would prevent such accidents. Washburn hired him to oversee rebuilding the A Mill. William . . . — Map (db m43664) HM
Minnesota (Ramsey County), Minneapolis — The Lock and Dam No. 1 Story
Navigation on this stretch of the river in its natural state upstream from St. Paul to Minneapolis was hazardous. During high flows, the current was swift, and during low flows, huge boulders made navigation almost impossible. It wasn't until after . . . — Map (db m50877) HM
Minnesota (Ramsey County), Minneapolis — Wing Dams
Those piles of stone and brush in the river, known as wing dams, are both cursed and praised by many a recreation boater. Lurking beneath the water near propeller depth, thousands of these jetties are located along the mainstem of the river. They . . . — Map (db m50122) HM

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