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Gaviidae Food Court (
#4545 Gaviidae Food Court ("State Fare")
#4545
Gaviidae Common Atrium
#4544 Gaviidae Common Atrium
#4544
Minneapolis Light Rail Car
#4492 Minneapolis Light Rail Car
#4492
USBank Place and Hennepin County Government Center
#4491 USBank Place and Hennepin County Government Center
#4491
Light Rail Stop at Night
#4489 Light Rail Stop at Night
#4489
Runner on Path Over the Stone Arch Bridge
#4486 Runner on Path Over the Stone Arch Bridge
#4486
The IDS and other Downtown Buildings
#4480 The IDS and other Downtown Buildings
#4480
Minneapolis Light Rail Train
#3198 Minneapolis Light Rail Train
#3198
High-Rise Construction
#3121 High-Rise Construction
#3121
Downtown Minneapolis Office Buildings
#2982 Downtown Minneapolis Office Buildings
#2982
Plymouth Building and Multifoods Tower
#2981 Plymouth Building and Multifoods Tower
#2981
Minneapolis Skyline from Across the Mississippi
#2944 Minneapolis Skyline from Across the Mississippi
#2944
35W Exit to Downtown Minneapolis
#2918 35W Exit to Downtown Minneapolis
#2918
Stone Arch Bridge and the Minneapolis Skyline
#2915 Stone Arch Bridge and the Minneapolis Skyline
#2915
Downtown Minneapolis at Night
#2892 Downtown Minneapolis at Night
#2892
Downtown Minneapolis at Night
#2891 Downtown Minneapolis at Night
#2891
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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