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City Center Skyway across 7th Street
#2440 City Center Skyway across 7th Street
#2440
7th and Marquette During Rush Hour
#2439 7th and Marquette During Rush Hour
#2439
Crystal Court
#2438 Crystal Court
#2438
IDS Tower and Skyway
#2437 IDS Tower and Skyway
#2437
Bicyclist Commuter in Downtown Traffic
#2436 Bicyclist Commuter in Downtown Traffic
#2436
Skyway and Traffic on 7th Street
#2180 Skyway and Traffic on 7th Street
#2180
Skyline from 3rd Avenue South
#2104 Skyline from 3rd Avenue South
#2104
Ferris Wheel and Minneapolis Skyline
#2101 Ferris Wheel and Minneapolis Skyline
#2101
Downtown Minneapolis Skyscrapers
#2097 Downtown Minneapolis Skyscrapers
#2097
IDS and AT&T Towers
#2073 IDS and AT&T Towers
#2073
Fifth Street Towers
#2072 Fifth Street Towers
#2072
Gaviidae Double Skyways
#2069 Gaviidae Double Skyways
#2069
Hennepin County Government Center
#2068 Hennepin County Government Center
#2068
Minneapolis City Hall
#2067 Minneapolis City Hall
#2067
Construction in Front of City Hall
#2066 Construction in Front of City Hall
#2066
Construction on 3rd Avenue South
#2065 Construction on 3rd Avenue South
#2065
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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