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Downtown Construction Site
#2842 Downtown Construction Site
#2842
Skyway Interior with People Walking
#2841 Skyway Interior with People Walking
#2841
US Bank Place
#2706 US Bank Place
#2706
6th Street South at Night
#2705 6th Street South at Night
#2705
4th Street at Hennepin Avenue
#2482 4th Street at Hennepin Avenue
#2482
4th Street at Nicollet Mall
#2481 4th Street at Nicollet Mall
#2481
Light Rail Construction on 5th Street South
#2469 Light Rail Construction on 5th Street South
#2469
US Bank Place and Wells Fargo Tower
#2457 US Bank Place and Wells Fargo Tower
#2457
Murray's Restaurant at Night
#2456 Murray's Restaurant at Night
#2456
6th Street at Night
#2455 6th Street at Night
#2455
6th Street at Night
#2454 6th Street at Night
#2454
Traffic and Skyway On Hennepin Avenue
#2453 Traffic and Skyway On Hennepin Avenue
#2453
First Avenue Nightclub
#2445 First Avenue Nightclub
#2445
Block E and City Center
#2443 Block E and City Center
#2443
Dayton's-Radisson Ramp on 7th Street
#2442 Dayton's-Radisson Ramp on 7th Street
#2442
Radisson Plaza VII on 7th Street
#2441 Radisson Plaza VII on 7th Street
#2441
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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