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Visual Evidence

Photo 2: West Side Milling District, Minneapolis,
early 1920s.
[Photo 2] with link to larger version of photo.
(Minnesota Historical Society, photographer unknown)

This photo shows an aerial view of the west side flour mills and grain elevators at the Falls of St. Anthony. The falls are shown at the right edge of the photo.

Questions for Photo 2

1. Examine the photo and try to identify the area shown in Photo 1. Can you find the railroad tracks shown in the first photo? Can you find other rail lines that appear to lead to the mills?

2. A wooden apron was placed over the falls in 1866. The apron was replaced many times and ultimately converted to cement in 1955 to prevent its erosion. This destroyed the picturesque beauty seen by early visitors. Look up the word "apron" and write down what it means in relation to a dam. Why do you think the millers wanted to a cement apron to protect the falls?

3. Locate James J. Hill's curving stone arch bridge in the center of the photo. It is believed to be the oldest mainline railroad bridge over the Mississippi River. Declared a National Civil Engineering Landmark by the Society of Civil Engineers, this bridge has not been used for rail traffic since 1978. It has recently been restored for pedestrian use. Do you think structures like this should be preserved? Why or why not?

4. What is your overall impression of the district? Do you think the industrial complex takes away from the falls? Why or why not?

* The image on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 2, but be aware that the file will take as much as 30 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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