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Then & Now: Motoring Through Minnehaha

    In 1958 Minnehaha Park expanded after the Minneapolis Park Board acquired 26 acres of old Fort Snelling from the federal government. The board continued to lobby Congress to donate most of Fort Snelling to the park in hopes of continuing West River Parkway all the way to the Minnesota River. It seemed like […]

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Then & Now: 1101 West Broadway

  Since it was built in 1890 the old building at 1101 West Broadway has been home to a YWCA, a Piggly Wiggly, a Chinese restaurant called the Moy Cafe, a candy store,cigar store, dentists and doctors’ offices and a building contractors’ offices. Heenepin County took over the building when it was abandoned after a […]

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Then & Now: Saint Paul Ford Plant

The Saint Paul Ford Plant closed for good this year, and is being demolished. I’ve always been fascinated by how recently the Highland area of Saint Paul was platted and developed compared with many other parts of the city. Here are some aerial photos of the Ford Plant area in Saint Paul, the corner of […]

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Flashback 1970s: Metrodome Groundbreaking

This cartoon, published in the Minneapolis Tribune in 1976, is a reminder of just how long and ugly the battle to build a domed stadium in downtown Minneapolis really was. The Twins and Vikings started pushing in the early 1970s for a new home to replace old Met Stadium in Bloomington. It wasn’t until December 20, 1979, […]

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Then & Now: Brookdale Mall Site (1967/2013)

I won’t give you a history lesson today on Brookdale Mall, or go on and on about lackluster out of state ownership, or the changes in the socioeconomic status of the area around the mall over the years. Let’s just look at the facts: Brookdale Mall: Born in 1962, Died in 2010, Demolished in 2011. […]

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Then & Now: Rice and University

I saw this photo on the MNHS archive a while back and it just floored me. Rice and University look nothing like this today, and indeed haven’t looked this way since they built that big white building with the dome there in 1904.         There used to be a streetcar line that […]

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Then & Now: Cedar and 5th

More photos from the Borchert Aerial Map Archive at the University of Minnesota, this one a bit closer to the actual archive itself. The West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis fascinates me because you can find so many different eras of the city juxtaposed with each other. Here’s one of those: the old intersection of 5th […]

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Then & Now: Unique Piece of Urban History Hidden in Plain Sight

This year, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of America’s first, and essentially its only[1], New-Town-In-Town. It also happens to be in our own backyard, Riverside Plaza. More often known negatively as the Crack Stacks, Ghetto in the Sky or Little Mogadishu its conception as a response and remedy to the issues stemming […]

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Then & Now: Adolph’s Bar, Robbinsdale (1980/2013)

Opened before World War II, Adolph’s Bar was run by Flo Ann Tauber and was a popular spot on 41st & West Broadway for many years. Unfortunately, the bar burned down on September 15, 1988, and the spot on which it sat is now home to the downtown Robbinsdale fountain plaza. vintage photo and information […]

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Then & Now: The Mall of America site

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 […]

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