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St. Anthony Falls

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Address: West River Road and Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone Number: 612 627 5433
Description: Waterfalls that once possessed religious significance for Native American...
Waterfalls that once possessed religious significance for Native American tribes are today part of Minneapolis' historic district.
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Best view from the top of the Mill City Museum

These are the reason that Minneapolis was founded here. The falls (think shorter drop but wider falls) were able to generate power that was needed in the area for mills and other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Bay City, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

These waterfalls that are pretty nice, but nothing over the top. I wasn't really impressed. Can be seen near old mill ruins. Located on the Mississippi River. Near a very pretty park and the stone arch bridge.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

A pretty spot on the Mississippi River but just another place in Minnesota to watch water tumble down hill. Go to Minnehaha Falls to see the real thing.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

These are the reason that Minneapolis was founded here. The falls (think shorter drop but wider falls) were able to generate power that was needed in the area for mills and other industry. Pillsbury and Washburn flour mills were founded on opposite sides of the river falls - both used the falls for power. The interesting part of the falls... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Great views of the falls with interesting signage and information. Great to walk from the Mill side to the other and grab a light lunch or drinks from the many restaurants on the other side. Watch out for cyclists through.

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Livermore, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The falls were constantly moving upstream due to erosion until the Army Corps of Engineers created the "Apron". The power of the water that turned the "water wheels" for the lumber and flour mills in the area would have disappeared if they hadn't.

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Nutley, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Walking over the falls bridge, especially in the summer evening is worth the view as well as trying to imagine the history that took place in this area. You can see the old shut down flour mills, especially Gold Medal and enjoy a stroll through some of the walking paths. Some excellent picture taking views can be taken from the... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

http://www.mnhs.org/places/safhb/things_heritage.php I enjoyed walking the 2 mile loop as I viewed the river, historic buildings, native plants, and people. Periodic markers explain what you are looking at so no need for a pamphlet or other media. I stumbled upon this area while driving aimlessly around the city, so it was a serendipitous event!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is one of my favorite spots in Minneapolis. If I want to bike across the river I always pick the stone arch bridge because of its scenic views. The theater and restaurants in the area are fun and relaxed and it is generally a good place to hang out for the evening. The falls are pretty amazing - they... More 

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Weston, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

it's incredible to see them from a pedestrian bridge that one time was the train system , if you cross from the mill city museum to the park and eat lunch in one of the three restaurants in the side of the park and enjoy the presence of the Baron making the Giants bibles to anyone who want to look... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Did you know that St. Anthony Falls is the only natural waterfall on the upper Mississippi? The natural waterfalls collapsed in the late 1860's and needed to be replaced by a concrete "apron". The beauty of the area is great no matter what time of year you decide to walk across. It is the only bridge of its kind on... More 

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Address: West River Road and Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone Number: 612 627 5433
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > Downtown

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