I became an urban hound for part of the day on Saturday. Mom and I decided to do some walking in the St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis to do some photos. This part of town is very well known for having the only waterfall on the Mississippi River, and for the Pillsbury flour mill. Although the street is an historic street, many of the old buildings have been renovated into modern condos, restaurants and bars now.
We wanted to find some old buildings for me to pose by, but most of the ones in the area we were at were off limits as they were private condo spaces. One wall did the trick, but next time we will plan more time and find some more.
Our goal was really to go down by the river. Years ago, Mom used to go to the St Anthony Area a lot, but she never went down by the river. To get there, we climbed down the rickety stairs which add to the whole experience.
There is a lot of graffiti down along the river paths. In someways, it is sad, but it also adds a bit of city charm to everything.
In some ways, it was a bit like a jungle near the river with all the greenery, trees, and stuff. Behind me is the base of the waterfall, but there is a lot of trash and junk lying around there too.
Mom and I climbed around the area for quite a while. Some of the paths were a bit rough.
We found this huge tree with a “cave” like hole in it’s base. Someone had painted around the entrance. I thought it would make a cute photo. I’m about twenty inches at my shoulders, so you can get a feel for the size of this hole and giant tree.
Here is a view to the flour mills and old buildings up above us. The sign is on the Pillsbury mill.
We climbed back up to head back to the car, and found this piece of history information by the mill. It is interesting to read. Because it was on a tall piece of stone, and Mom is short, it is the best photo we could get.
One last urban hound shot of me here by the Pillsbury A Mill they are talking about. The red tile elevators are on the left of the photo. That concludes my tour for today. I’ll be back with my urban hound birthday photos on Wednesday, my actual birthday.
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