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Aerial View of Downtown Minneapolis
#7138 Aerial View of Downtown Minneapolis
#7138
MTC Buses Lined Up on 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis
#7130 MTC Buses Lined Up on 2nd Avenue South, Minneapolis
#7130
Passengers Boarding Hiawatha Light Rail Train
#7128 Passengers Boarding Hiawatha Light Rail Train
#7128
Minneapolis City Hall
#7127 Minneapolis City Hall
#7127
Hennepin County Public Safety Building (Wide Shot)
#7126 Hennepin County Public Safety Building (Wide Shot)
#7126
35W Bridge Construction and Downtown Minneapolis Skyline
#7105 35W Bridge Construction and Downtown Minneapolis Skyline
#7105
Thrivent Financial Building (and Reflection)
#7088 Thrivent Financial Building (and Reflection)
#7088
Qwest Building Entrance, Minneapolis
#7081 Qwest Building Entrance, Minneapolis
#7081
Qwest Building Entrance, Minneapolis
#7080 Qwest Building Entrance, Minneapolis
#7080
Qwest Building Tower, Downtown Minneapolis
#7079 Qwest Building Tower, Downtown Minneapolis
#7079
US Federal Courthouse Plaze and Entrance
#7078 US Federal Courthouse Plaze and Entrance
#7078
Minneapolis Skyline from the West Bank
#7076 Minneapolis Skyline from the West Bank
#7076
Close-up of Minneapolis Office Towers
#7075 Close-up of Minneapolis Office Towers
#7075
Cluster of Minneapolis Office Towers
#7074 Cluster of Minneapolis Office Towers
#7074
Downtown Minneapolis Skyline
#7073 Downtown Minneapolis Skyline
#7073
Entrance to US Bank Plaza
#7072 Entrance to US Bank Plaza
#7072
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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