We had a one-day business trip to Minneapolis. When the plane was near the city, farm fields in the grid shape with a house in each of them looks fascinating.

Farm fields near Minneapolis
Farm fields near Minneapolis

I had a walk around the downtown blocks. Downtown is not big, mixed with the new and the old, but it seemed all roads were being repaved in the downtown.

Downtown, Minneapolis
Light rail, Downtown Minneapolis
Downtown, Minneapolis
Downtown, Minneapolis
Downtown, Minneapolis
Only the east coast city can have houses look this old. Downtown, Minneapolis

If the downtown area was not that impressive, my morning walk over the stone arch bridge in the next day was a wonderful surprise.

Saint Anthony Falls not only gave the birth of the city, but also the whole milling industry and made Minneapolis the “Flour Milling Capital of the World” at the turn of the 20th century. Today, you can still see Gold Medal Flour and Pillsbury’s Best Flour buildings on both sides of the Mississippi River.

Minneapolis
Gold Medal Flour, the Minnesota Historical Society Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
Pillsbury’s Best Flour buildings, St. Anthony Falls historic district, Minneapolis

The stone arch bridge was build in 1883 near the fall to connect the railway system of the east and west bank of the river. Now it’s used for walking and biking only and often hold festivals to remember the city’s heritage.

Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis

The fall eventually collapsed because of the erosion and industrial use. A series of locks and dams were built. Now the area together with the store arch bridge is part of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District.

Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
Stone Arch Bridge and the Water Power Park, Minneapolis
Stone Arch Bridge and the Water Power Park, Minneapolis
The Mississippi River, Minneapolis
The Mississippi River, Minneapolis
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