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Sixth Street in Downtown Minneapolis
#8291 Sixth Street in Downtown Minneapolis
#8291
Light Rail Crossing Third Avenue in Minneapolis
#8290 Light Rail Crossing Third Avenue in Minneapolis
#8290
Federal Courthouse in Minneapolis
#8289 Federal Courthouse in Minneapolis
#8289
Close-Up of US Bank Building
#8288 Close-Up of US Bank Building
#8288
Nice Ride Bike Rack in Downtown Minneapolis
#8286 Nice Ride Bike Rack in Downtown Minneapolis
#8286
Hennepin County Government Center
#8285 Hennepin County Government Center
#8285
Third Avenue and Seventh Street, Minneapolis
#8284 Third Avenue and Seventh Street, Minneapolis
#8284
The Minneapolis Club on Third Avenue
#8283 The Minneapolis Club on Third Avenue
#8283
Minneapolis Freeway Exit & Skyline
#8282 Minneapolis Freeway Exit & Skyline
#8282
Downtown Skyline from 3rd Avenue
#8281 Downtown Skyline from 3rd Avenue
#8281
Nicolet Mall and the Minneapolis Library
#8280 Nicolet Mall and the Minneapolis Library
#8280
Washington Avenue South by Third Avenue
#8279 Washington Avenue South by Third Avenue
#8279
Downtown Minneapolis Skyline from Mississippi River
#8253 Downtown Minneapolis Skyline from Mississippi River
#8253
Downtown Minneapolis Skyline from Mississippi River
#8252 Downtown Minneapolis Skyline from Mississippi River
#8252
Qwest Tower and Skyway, Downtown Minneapolis
#7632 Qwest Tower and Skyway, Downtown Minneapolis
#7632
Downtown Minneapolis Skyline (High Dynamic Range Effect)
#7618 Downtown Minneapolis Skyline (High Dynamic Range Effect)
#7618
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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