Last Friday I was pawing around Minneapolis for the first time. Mom took me to get my second agility measurement just north of the city. On the way back we stopped to do some walking, and photos down by the river. We went to the Mill Ruins Park area because it is super interesting, and great for photos.
Emma and Katie were down in this area for a professional photo shoot in 2012. In 2015, Mom took Bailie down here for a photo shoot. This year it was my turn. It is a very interesting place along the Mississippi River at the St. Anthony Falls. The Stone Arch Bridge behind me was once a railroad bridge crossing the river.
The mill ruins are from the flour mills that were the heart of Minneapolis at one time when the mill was the largest in the world. Being next to the river provided transportation for the product, and the falls provided the power to make it.
Down at river level in the ruins, there are all sorts of weird pieces of steel, and stone walls which create great photo scenes.
These rusty old pillar pieces make for fun shots.
All the limestone walls are very nice to look at. They also make a great background.
These rock walls are all over the place, and in many different shapes. Limestone was plentiful in the area, thus used for building the mills. All the places we walked were also good for me to experience, as there were many different surfaces, and strange things I needed to walk on. Mom is always about getting us to experience as much as we can.
We went back up to “street level” to do some more pawing around. Mom snapped this shot of the mill ruins. In 1991, there was a huge fire in the A building. Rather than tear down the shell that was left, it was decided to preserve it and create a museum. Now the next time you use Gold Medal Flour, you will think of me and the Mill Ruins Park!
The street along the mill is still cobblestone, and the sidewalk is made of wood. There is a view of the river as you walk along, too.
Since we were already in the city and US Bank Stadium was only a few blocks away, Mom and I decided to head over there. The last time Emma was downtown, the stadium was not finished. We wanted to see it for her, and I felt I should pose by it for her. I know it would make her proud. In a way it is a shame because of the world we live in, there are fences all around it, but we did get a few shots.
If you follow us on Facebook, you saw them on Sunday. On one side, they have a huge Viking ship where you can go on the ship and watch the game on the big screen. We went on the ship, but there was no game. Mom still snapped a shot of me looking at the jumbo screen. I left my GBGV stink all around the stadium, and it worked as our Vikings beat the Packers. One for Emma for sure! It was on this ship that I sent Bailie some treats with the Petcube app on my cellphone. It’s fun seeing Bailie’s excitement getting treats flung at her from our Petcube Bites machine.
It was a fun little trip. If you have never been to this area of town, you should go. Humans can go into the Mill Museum too. Mom has done that and said it was very interesting.
Our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard are hosting a nature Friday blog hop for the winter. This is sort of nature, for sure history, so I’m hooking up. Stop by and visit some of the other blogs in the hop.