A History of the Falls

An Overview

The Retreat of the Falls

The Dakota, Ojibwe, and First European

The Founding of the Twin Cities


The Eastman Tunnel Collapse

Flour Milling


Other Industries and Workers

Rebirth, Renewal, and Return

The Falls and the University

Islands in the River



A History of Saint Anthony Falls

The Saint Anthony Falls Historic Walking Tour

This page hosts four walking tours. One walking tour is a loop around St. Anthony Falls that identifies and provides information on forty historic sites. This tour will take about one to two hours to complete and consists of fifteen pages. The three other tours are brochures (only two pages long) and take about half an hour to an hour to complete.

Please note that these tours will only identify historic sites and will not give you an overview of the history of the Falls area.

Three of the tours begin in Father Hennepin Park located near the interesection of Sixth Avenue SE and.Main St. SE in Minneapolis. The tour of Mill Ruins Park is the only one that does not and begins at the intersection of Portland Ave. and West River Parkway. However, if you plan to complete that tour you may want to park near Father Hennepin Park since it borders the Marcy-Holmes neighbordhood and you may be able to find free parking. If you do that, simply walk across the Stone Arch Bridge to start the tour.

All the tours are Adobe Acrobat file. If you do not have an Adobe Acrobat reader, click the link below at the bottom of the page to download it for free.

If you are an elementary school teacher and are interested in having your students answer questions while on the tour, please click group resourse on the menu to the left.

The Mill Ruins Park, found at the end of the Walking Tour.

Walking Tours

A Historic Walking Tour of St. Anthony Falls (1.11 MB)

St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge (288 KB)

Mill Ruins Park (465 KB)

Historic Main Street (278 KB)

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