Last weekend, Bailie had a day with Mom and they ended up at the Mill Ruins Park in downtown Minneapolis. Bailie has never really been in the city, so it was new for her. This is an historical area with lots of fun things to see and great places to take photos.
The Stone Arch Bridge is a pretty famous landmark. It was built across the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls back in 1883. It is the only arched bridge made of stone on the entire Mississippi River!
Railroad tycoon James J. Hill built the bridge for the Great Northern Railroad. Now it is used for bike and foot traffic only. The bridge is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Bailie is up on a six foot pillar for this shot. She wasn’t even scared!
Flour mills were a huge part of what made Minneapolis a successful city. Situated on the Mississippi river, transporting flour was easy, and the St. Anthony Falls provided power. Several abandoned mills still stand on the river banks. The blue walkway in the background is the Bridge to Nowhere at the famous Guthrie Theater.
The Mill City Museum, built in the Washburn A Mill is a popular spot in the Mill Ruins Park area. The original mill built in 1874 was leveled by an explosion and new one was erected on the same spot. The “new” mill closed in 1965, and in 1991, was almost completely destroyed by fire. The remains (seen behind Bailie) are still standing outside the museum. Mom actually lived in a condo downtown at the time of the 1991 fire and remembers seeing it burning!
A couple years ago, Mom, Katie, and I came down to this area with a photographer to get some family photos. Since Bailie wasn’t born at the time, Mom wanted to get some shots of her in the same area to add to the ones we have of us. This shot is on one of the same rocks used by Katie and I.
Next to the Guthrie Theater is Gold Medal Park, named for the flour mill located there. Bailie had to balance herself on the roughly 6 inch wide beam and stay put for this shot. She did well! In case you don’t notice her, she’s sitting right before the “P” in Park.
Here is another shot of the Stone Arch Bridge. The steam coming up in the background is from the St. Anthony Falls, and on the left side in the back is the lock and dam which will be closing for good this month.
Bailie had a good time in the city, but she prefers the suburbs. Katie and I have been in cities a lot, so it was time Bailie got a taste of it. Mom also has the photo bug and wants to go back with us and do some more photos as there are so many cool things to see in the area.
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