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TBT Where’s the Mississippi?

May 19, 2016Patrick NunnallyRiversComments Off on TBT Where’s the Mississippi?

Bridge Square 1888

In this image, dated circa 1888, the Mississippi River has largely disappeared in the fabric of the industrialization of Minneapolis.

Image source Minnesota Historical Society.

downtown aerial 1928

This aerial photograph of Minneapolis in 1928 shows the Mississippi River across the upper part of the image.  By this point in time, flour production at St. Anthony Falls had already begun to fall off from its peak, although it would not fully cease for a number of decades.

Image source Minnesota Historical Society.

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