Map Monday: Natural Springs of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Area

Here’s a cool map taken from the archives of the Minnesota Ground Water Association (yes, that’s a thing), compiled by underground researcher Greg Brick (author of the eye-opening Subterranean Twin Cities). Here Brick has mapped out all the springs of along the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers in the core Twin Cities area.

Check it out:

Spring Map Twin Cities

In the article, which you can find online, Brick describes his rather adventurous process:

My first attempt at mapping, in January 1993, lasted all of the day. I had framed the plan of locating the springs in wintertime. Springwater freezes to form icicles on the bluffs…

The close-up approach proved fatiguing — and dangerous.

I spent more time mountaineering than mapping. I had to walk along the top of a wedge of loose stones that mantled the foot of the bluffs. This material, at the angle of repose, was concealed by snow. I had some nasty falls … and nearly ended up with frostbite. At the end of the day, as the sun saw setting, I remember going down on my belly and slithering behind an icicle as stout as an oak tree, to get the next foothold.

Pretty cool! This time of year, it’s fun to think of spring. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.


4 Responses to Map Monday: Natural Springs of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Area

  1. Exploring MN March 4, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

    If you ever explore any of the locations mentioned in Brick’s book, you may find that he is somewhat of a controversial figure in the Twin Cities urbex scene.

  2. Andrew Evans March 4, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

    Reminds me to try to do some research on water tables and if putting in a sandpoint is feasible.

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