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Construction on 3rd Avenue South
#2064 Construction on 3rd Avenue South
#2064
Minneapolis City Hall from the Pillsbury Center
#2063 Minneapolis City Hall from the Pillsbury Center
#2063
Skyway Interior
#2062 Skyway Interior
#2062
6th Street and Marquette Avenue
#2061 6th Street and Marquette Avenue
#2061
Somali Woman in Hijaab, Walking
#2060 Somali Woman in Hijaab, Walking
#2060
Multifoods Tower and Marriott
#1880 Multifoods Tower and Marriott
#1880
Murray's Marquee and Skyscrapers
#1879 Murray's Marquee and Skyscrapers
#1879
6th Street Skyways
#1877 6th Street Skyways
#1877
7th Street from the Skyway
#1875 7th Street from the Skyway
#1875
Marquette Avenue at 7th Street South
#1874 Marquette Avenue at 7th Street South
#1874
Skyways from Overhead in Winter
#1839 Skyways from Overhead in Winter
#1839
6th Street from Overhead in Winter
#1838 6th Street from Overhead in Winter
#1838
Closeup of the Downtown Minneapolis Skyline
#1758 Closeup of the Downtown Minneapolis Skyline
#1758
Downtown Minneapolis Skyline
#1756 Downtown Minneapolis Skyline
#1756
Stone Arch Bridge and Skyline at Night
#1755 Stone Arch Bridge and Skyline at Night
#1755
Stone Arch Bridge and Skyline at Night
#1754 Stone Arch Bridge and Skyline at Night
#1754
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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