Minneapolis Park History Resources: Maps
If you love history, you probably love maps. For students of Minneapolis history, including the history of the park system, two of the most fascinating maps are found at the website of the John R. Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota. Have a look at the digitized 1892 Minneapolis plat book and the 1903 Minneapolis plat book. Compare them to the city map at right that Horace Cleveland used to illustrate his “suggestions” for the Minneapolis park system in 1883. Search for your home, park, church, school; see how your neighborhood was created or has changed.
Warning: you could spend hours with these maps. For me, they have the addicting power of video games. But the things you’ll discover. Such as — H. W. S. Cleveland owned a half-block of land in south Minneapolis in 1892. I know! Nobody cares! But it’s endlessly interesting for those curious about their surroundings and the people who created them.
If you have a favorite research tool or resource, let us know. Especially if it’s accessible while in pajamas.
David C. Smith minneapolisparkhistory[at]q.com