Saint Anthony Falls Historic District, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Saint Anthony Falls Historic District, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Anthony Falls Historic District
Location of Site: Surrounding Saint Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year Established: 1971

Minneapolis Hennepin County

National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 71000438
Reference URL: [Reference]

The historic designation of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District focuses on the urbanization of the Falls with a period of significance between 1858 and 1941. This time frame celebrates the role of the Falls in the development of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s largest city, in all its stages of growth. The natural beauty of the Falls was a wilderness landmark, attractive to both tourists and settlers. The Falls furnished direct power to the lumber and flour industries which stimulated the development of the new city. Finally, the Falls provided electrical power for industrial and residential use. Other sites, including the Falls itself and many other sites in the area which are associated with other time periods outside of the span from 1858 to 1941, also are culturally significant. Among these are cultural and spiritual sites significant to the Dakota and Ojibwa people, which predate 1858.

On the other end of the period of significance,the development of West River Road in the 1980s marks a significant addition to the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. Thus, the use and interaction with the Falls has evolved over the past centuries of human interaction and will continue to evolve over the centuries to come. The southern, northern, and down-river boundaries of the district follow the platting and alignment of the original roadways and a river crossing. The up-river boundary reflects the right-of-way of a formerly proposed highway, I-335, that was met with opposition and was never built. This up-river boundary serves as a memorial to the era of highway planning of the 1970s in Minneapolis and the subsequent national movement to resist the impacts on existing neighborhoods

that such projects were perceived to create.


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Spiritual Power to Industrial Might

St. Anthony Falls Historic District

Minneapolis Riverfront as Birth Place and First Place

List of properties in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District

St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board

Architecture on the Minneapolis Riverfront


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