Little Falls was one of the other planned stops Mom had for us on our journey north to Brainerd last weekend. Mom didn’t remember much about the town except that it was a small old town (and that was like forty years ago), and there was a hotel called the Pine Edge Inn that her family had stopped at to eat a few times. By accident, we turned and landed at the parking lot for a park right next to the river! Of course, we were ready to get our paws out for a walk and see the sites!
This park had a trail along the river as well as in the park. We don’t know how far out the trail goes because we didn’t have a lot of time to spend exploring. The trail was not very shady, and it was quite warm out. First we walked around the park area and also went over this cute little bridge.
Right up the hill from the park was the hotel Mom was looking for, the Pine Edge Inn. It was built back in 1923, and had a couple different names before it became the Pine Edge Inn in 1939. It is now on the list of historical places. In 2003, a care facility purchased the inn and it now serves as a care home.
Mom loves the sign, but is sad the new place has their name under the nice old part. Little Falls is the town where Charles Lindbergh spent his childhood. We couldn’t go to his house since we are dogs, so no photos of that. We did find out that after he completed his solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927, his welcome home party was held at this inn.
Back down to the river. It was just so pretty to look at the river and all the green along the shoreline. We both wanted to get in and take a swim. Mom said she was not up for traveling with two wet hounds, so that idea was squashed.
Here’s another view of the dam and falls from a bit closer. Little Falls was built around the falls to use them to power sawmills originally. I guess they have been rebuilt and changed several times, and now they are a hydroelectric station providing power to the area. It is definitely a cute little town with a nice place to go for a walk! Hope you enjoyed a bit of history about Little Falls.
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