Three More Falling Waters

Before the dirty old men who built Minneapolis had their way with them,  the far side of the Mississippi River Gorge was graced by three delicate attractions. Bridal Veil Falls, Fawn’s Leap and the SIlver Cascade provided lovely picnic settings and a much needed respite from the cobble stone hustle …

The Minneapolis Union Depot

In 1879 James J. Hill bought the bankrupt St. Paul and Pacific Railway Company and renamed it the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railroad. A couple months later, railroads in Saint Paul banded together to build a union station and Minneapolis leaders asked Hill to build a union station on …

Down by the River…

Somewhere in the middle of the Roaring ’20’s, St. Paul Photographer, Kenneth M. Wright took his camera down to the river and brought back this picture of what it was like to tie up downtown all those decades ago.  St. Paul’s skyline was a little lower back then. The tower …

The St. Anthony Falls Bridge

Originally known as the St. Anthony Falls Bridge, the Third Avenue Bridge carries road traffic above the edge of Saint Anthony Falls. Designed by city engineer Frederick W. Cappelen, the bridge curves to avoid fractures in the limestone bedrock. Construction on the bridge’s long series of open spandrel arches began …