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Entrance to US Bank Plaza
#7071 Entrance to US Bank Plaza
#7071
Overhead View of Hennepin County Government Center
#7069 Overhead View of Hennepin County Government Center
#7069
Hennepin County Government Center
#7068 Hennepin County Government Center
#7068
Downtown Minneapolis Office Towers
#7067 Downtown Minneapolis Office Towers
#7067
Minneapolis Office Towers
#7066 Minneapolis Office Towers
#7066
Minneapolis Skyline from South of Downtown
#7065 Minneapolis Skyline from South of Downtown
#7065
Asian Commuter at Light Rail Station, Downtown Minneapolis
#6994 Asian Commuter at Light Rail Station, Downtown Minneapolis
#6994
Humphrey Statue and the Hennepin County Government Center
#6978 Humphrey Statue and the Hennepin County Government Center
#6978
Government Plaza Station, Hiawatha Light Rail Line
#6960 Government Plaza Station, Hiawatha Light Rail Line
#6960
Guthrie Theater and Mississippi Riverbank
#6952 Guthrie Theater and Mississippi Riverbank
#6952
Downtown Minneapolis and 35W
#6846 Downtown Minneapolis and 35W
#6846
St. Olaf Catholic Church
#6808 St. Olaf Catholic Church
#6808
East Grant Street, Minneapolis
#6807 East Grant Street, Minneapolis
#6807
Marquette Avenue and 13th Street, Minneapolis
#6806 Marquette Avenue and 13th Street, Minneapolis
#6806
Reflection of the City Hall Clock Tower
#6805 Reflection of the City Hall Clock Tower
#6805
Row of Buildings, 5th Street, Minneapolis
#6803 Row of Buildings, 5th Street, Minneapolis
#6803
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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