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Minneapolis Skyline from Franklin Avenue
#8307 Minneapolis Skyline from Franklin Avenue
#8307
Sixth Street by Murray's Restaurant
#8306 Sixth Street by Murray's Restaurant
#8306
Reliastar Building Plaza
#8305 Reliastar Building Plaza
#8305
Minneapolis City Hall Clocktower
#8304 Minneapolis City Hall Clocktower
#8304
Humbert H. Humphrey Statue, Minneapolis City Hall
#8303 Humbert H. Humphrey Statue, Minneapolis City Hall
#8303
Entryway to Minneapolis City Hall
#8302 Entryway to Minneapolis City Hall
#8302
Third Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River at Night
#8301 Third Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River at Night
#8301
Third Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River at Night
#8300 Third Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River at Night
#8300
Hennepin Avenue Suspension Bridge at Night
#8299 Hennepin Avenue Suspension Bridge at Night
#8299
Minneapolis Skyline and Freeway at Night
#8298 Minneapolis Skyline and Freeway at Night
#8298
Gaviidae Shopping Center Skyways
#8297 Gaviidae Shopping Center Skyways
#8297
Gateway Park, Downtown Minneapolis
#8296 Gateway Park, Downtown Minneapolis
#8296
35W Traffic Sign in Downtown Minneapolis
#8295 35W Traffic Sign in Downtown Minneapolis
#8295
Airplane Over Campbell Mithun Tower, Minneapolis
#8294 Airplane Over Campbell Mithun Tower, Minneapolis
#8294
Commuters Waiting for Express Busses
#8293 Commuters Waiting for Express Busses
#8293
Fifth Street Towers
#8292 Fifth Street Towers
#8292
Minneapolis was first settled on the banks of the Mississippi River at St.Anthony Falls. The Falls drew settlers from Fort Snelling, who came upriver to harness the water-power for lumber mills. The settlement that grew on the west bank was "St.Anthony", later joined with the east bank to become Minneapolis.

There was always been a bridge connecting the east and west bank via Nicollet Island, near St.Anthony Falls. The Hennepin Avenue suspension bridge stands there today. The first few streets adjacent to the river on the east bank were called the Gateway district. Between 1880 and urban renewal in the 1950s, they were filled with bars, flop houses, and brothels.

The IDS and metrodome might be recognizable to non-residents, but I don't have close-up pictures of them here. You can see them in the skyline pictures, though. Other buildings pictured here include the Basillica of St.Mary, the Orpheum and State theaters, and the Milwaukee Road depot.

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