A Railroad Town
To reinforce recent articles that addressed the dominance of railroads and mills along the Minneapolis riverfront, I find these photos from about 1920 fascinating. Both are from the photo collection of the Minnesota Historical Society, a fabulous resource for understanding how our city and state came to be. The collection includes other aerial photos by Paul W. Hamilton of Minneapolis and St. Paul from the same time. They’re worth a look.
When you look at these pictures it’s obvious why the Civic Commission and the park board were interested in reclaiming the riverfront 100 years ago.
David C. Smith minneapolisparkhistory[at]q.com