History and Culture
HistoryThe following sites are among those that best illustrate the rich history of the area. There are many historic sites, however, but these may be the places to start learning about the fascinating people, events, and natural history that changed the world.
Fort Snelling State Park (Pike Island)101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul MN 55111
Fort Snelling State Park is a special place. To the Mdewakanton Dakota, Bdote Minisota (the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers) lay directly over the center of the Earth and directly below the center of the universe. It was here that the Dakota believe their creation occurred and it was here, amidst their sacred sites, that they were imprisoned following the Dakota Conflict of 1862.
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Avenue, Fort Snelling History Center, St. Paul MN 55111
Mill Ruins Park/Mill City Museum
Harnessing the power of
Meeker Lock and Dam
The remains of the short-lived Meeker Lock and Dam stand testament to an era of rapid economic development and technological changes on the river. Competing interests--navigation, hydro-electric power, private and public interests--sparked a national discussion about the public good--who could use the rivers and who would benefit from them.
The following sites are locations within the Minnesota National River and Recreation Area that offer art, dance, plays, and other cultural experiences.
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts6666 East River Road, Fridley, MN 55432
The staff and guest artists at Banfill-Locke create art exhbits and provide art classes to the public.
Guthrie Theater818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415
The new Guthrie Theater hosts plays on three stages, a restaurant with pre-show dining, several bars, great views of the Minneapolis skyline. Besides world-class plays, the Guthrie overlooks the historic mill district of the Mississippi River. Don’t miss the wonderful views of this vantage point.
Harriet Island200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55107
Harriet Island is a community meeting place for many different types of activities--including concerts, charity runs, and ethnic events—all on the Mississippi River.