Stay cool and learn Minneapolis history

Shade and cooler temperatures await visitors to the Federal Reserve Bank’s park next to its headquarters building on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis.


A broad walkway starting at Hennepin Avenue curves along the bank down to the Mississippi River parkway.


Markers along the walkway are topped with riverfront scenes with captions that tell the story of development in the area.


Several points stand out:

– The Ojibwe and Dakota had their own names for the river.

– The first (wooden suspension) bridge across the Mississippi was a toll bridge!

– Railroad depots – the Union and the Great Northern – sat on either side of Hennepin.

It’s a great family field trip because it’s free and very accessible by bike on the nearby and just completed Cedar Lake trail extension and by bus.

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