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minneapolis downtown riverfront | by Dan Anderson.
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minneapolis downtown riverfront

The downtown Minneapolis riverfront area on the west bank of the Mississippi - we have been having a strange December heatwave that's melted all our snow - bummer


More than you probably want to know:

This was once the largest flour mill in the world; the General Mills Washburn A. Mill where they made 'Gold Medal' brand flour. The Mill was in operation from 1880 to 1965 when it was closed down because new technologies made river power obsolete. In 1991 the long abandoned building was gutted by fire and almost totally destroyed. The city was about to tear it down when the Minneapolis Community Development Agency stepped in and saved the historic structure - they cleared the rubble, stabilized the blown out walls and in 2003 the Minnesota Historical Society turned the ruins into the fascinating Mill City Museum


That black structure sticking out over the walkway (lower left corner) is the Guthrie Theater's amazing 'endless bridge' cantilevered observation deck that offers some awesome views of the entire river front area

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Taken on April 3, 2011