Minnesota Historical Society

The Minneapolis Rivertront (Images of America)

$ 21.99

Images of America: The Minneapolis Riverfront provides a sweeping view of the area during its cycles of growth, decline, and rebirth. The images are provided by the Hennepin County Library Special Collections, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Hennepin History Museum, and the author’s own camera. Iric Nathanson writes and lectures about Minnesota history. He is the author of Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century: The Growth of an American City, a Minnesota Book Award finalist in 2010.

With the Mississippi River’s only true waterfalls at its front door, Minneapolis harnessed the power of the falls to become an international milling center. Changing market conditions, though, forced Minnesota’s largest city to give up its preeminent position in the milling world after World War I. As the local milling industry gradually faded away, Minneapolis turned its back on its riverfront origins. By 1950, a once-bustling commercial area along the banks of the Mississippi had become an industrial wasteland. Then, a decade later, the seeds of renewal were planted when some urban pioneers recognized the potential of this long-ignored historic district. By the first decade of the 21st century, the riverfront had reemerged as a vibrant residential, cultural, and recreational center.

  • Author: Iric Nathanson
  • Publisher: Arcadia Press
  • Format: Paper, 128 pages,182 Bb/w images, 6.5" x 9.25"

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