Here are some more pics from the Borchert Aerial Map Archive of the Mall of America site in Bloomington by the Minnesota River. You can see it change from farmland to baseball stadium parking lots to mall parking lots, the airport grow, Bloomington homes fill in, freeway strip development, and the river valley.
(Sorry about the incomplete photo coverage of the area… I did the best I could.)
For an extra bonus, check out the development of the area from 1980 to the present using the neat Google Earth Engine.
[click on images to embiggen.]