Hajduk Spring, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Hajduk Spring

Location of Site: Mississippi River Bluff, near the intersection of East 26th Street and West River Parkway
Neighborhood/s: Seward, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year Established: In 1977 the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board named the spring after Harry Hajduk, Sr.
Historic Function: Falls
Historic Function: Falling spring, used for drinking water
Notes: Along the Winchell Trail which follows the Mississippi River Gorge

Seward Minneapolis Hennepin County

Hajduk Spring, Minneapolis, Minnesota
(44.9563398181191° N, 93.21516036943649° WLatitude: 44°57′22.823″N
Longitude: 93°12′54.577″W
This falling spring (a spring coming directly out of the limestone bluff versus a waterfall which is first a stream or river before cascading over rock) is considered the best example of its kind in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. The spring water originates from a layer of Bentonite found within the Platteville Limestone.


Site History

Harry Hajduk, Sr. (pronounced high-duck) was an enthusiastic promoter of the water from this falling spring, so in 1977 the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board named the spring after him. A sign was erected along West River Parkway; it is now gone. To reach the falling spring you have to descend the steep river bluff. According to the Minneapolis Tribune (Meier, 1977) Hajduk noticed the green of watercress growing at the site and discovered the spring, although he wasn't the first person to take note of it. Several years after dedicating the spring to Mr. Hajduk, they found that the spring water was no longer safe to drink.

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