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Office Towers by 2nd Avenue and 11th Street
#646 Office Towers by 2nd Avenue and 11th Street
#646
American Express Building, Downtown Minneapolis
#645 American Express Building, Downtown Minneapolis
#645
5th Street and 3rd Avenue
#644 5th Street and 3rd Avenue
#644
Hennepin County Medical Center
#632 Hennepin County Medical Center
#632
City Hall from Inside the Government Center Atrium
#630 City Hall from Inside the Government Center Atrium
#630
Nicollet Mall and 8th Street
#512 Nicollet Mall and 8th Street
#512
Marquette and 6th Bus stop
#510 Marquette and 6th Bus stop
#510
Marquette Avenue and 7th Street
#505 Marquette Avenue and 7th Street
#505
Mounted Police on 5th Street
#391 Mounted Police on 5th Street
#391
Manchu Wok at the Gaviidae Food Court
#232 Manchu Wok at the Gaviidae Food Court
#232
View of 6th Street and Marquette Avenue(Overhead)
#207 View of 6th Street and Marquette Avenue(Overhead)
#207
Murray's Restaurant
#204 Murray's Restaurant
#204
Gaviidae Shopping Center (Overhead View)
#197 Gaviidae Shopping Center (Overhead View)
#197
Peavy Plaza (winter)
#131 Peavy Plaza (winter)
#131
Orchestra Hall
#124 Orchestra Hall
#124
First Avenue Nightclub
#1015 First Avenue Nightclub
#1015
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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