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Then and Now: Graeser Park, aka Robbinsdale Rockgarden Roadside Parking Area

Twin Cities Then and Now: Graeser Park (also known as Robbinsdale Rockgarden Roadside Parking Area), Highway 100 and Broadway Avenue, Robbinsdale (1940/2016) shown ca. 1940 and today. Photos by me and the Minnesota Historical Society Crossposted at the Stuff About Minneapolis tumblr. Streets.mn is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to […]

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Map Monday: Minneapolis 1932 Presidential Election Results

In honor of caucus day tomorrow, where Minnesota seems to be playing a key role in determining candidates for the two largest national parties, here’s an interesting map forwarded on by a reader. (Thanks Cameron!) It’s Minneapolis’ precinct-level election results from the 1932 Presidential election, where Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Herbert Hoover in one of the […]

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Then & Now: Near North Minneapolis

Doing research for my recent Olson Memorial Highway article, I dug through the Minnesota Historical Society archives and the University of Minnesota’s Borchert Aerial Map Archive to try and figure out exactly when this road was constructed. The answer is 1937, the same year that Olson himself died. It was also the year that the Sumner […]

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Painted Ladies, a Maiden and Bruce

July 17, 2015         18.1 Miles            Summit – University, Downtown, Lowertown   Victorian-era homes with narrow clapboard siding, bold colors, a variety of ornamentation and towers are often called ‘Painted Ladies.’ In researching this ride I learned there’s a bit more to it than that. Painted Ladies refer specifically to Queen Anne-style houses that are painted […]

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Floyd B. Olson is Spinning in His Grave

The road was dedicated to Northside resident and socialist Governor Floyd B. Olson in 1951, but it was older than that.  As near as I can tell, construction of the modern-day Olson Memorial Highway began in the late 1930s. That makes it one of the first urban freeways in the Twin Cities. (For some reference, it’s earlier than the very early Hiawatha […]

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