Map Monday: 1891 Panoramic Map of Minneapolis

Here’s a cool “map”, one of the many aerial panoramas from the late 19th century Minneapolis. Here is an 1891 view showing downtown, Bridge Square, Hennepin, Nicollet, and Washington Avenues, the railyards, mill district, St. Anthony falls, and the street grid extending out towards the horizon of progress and real estate development.

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Link to a larger .pdf file. 1891 Minneapolis Reduced Size

There were a few entrepreneurs that made these panoramic views in that era; this one was made by A. M. Smith and Frank Pezolt. I appreciate the exaggerated use of red brick and stone buildings, much of which was probably granite quarried from elsewhere in Minnesota.

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2 Responses to Map Monday: 1891 Panoramic Map of Minneapolis

  1. Bob Roscoe April 15, 2019 at 12:12 pm #

    Interesting to view the Metropolitan Building midpoint up in the right hand panel.

  2. Matt Henseler April 16, 2019 at 11:45 am #

    It’s almost impossible to imagine this unbroken pattern of neighborhoods, streets, and blocks in the city today. The swaths of the city now covered in freeway define the city-scape in such a strong way, the view represented in this image in particular. Thanks for sharing.

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