Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saint Paul & Minneapolis

A delightful area.  We arrived here early yesterday afternoon, so had time to explore a bit.  We stayed on the Saint Paul side of the twin cities.  Took a great 1.5 hr tour  of the James J Hill mansion. He was a railroad baron, the Great Northern Railroad. He also contributed greatly to the area, including being a founding member of the Minneapolis Art Museum.  F. Scott Fitzgerald grew up in this same neighborhood and was a play friend of some of the Hill children. This is a beautiful area to walk or drive and take is some of the beautiful scenery and  large houses.  There are also some chic $$$ restaurants not to far away.

We then ambled across the street to visit the Saint Paul Cathedral. Pretty impressive looking from the outside, even for us jaded European cathedral seekers. Worth the look if you're here.

German wood worker left his face in elaborate door frame


Today we went off exploring some areas of Minneapolis. First stop was the Mill City Musem. The Washburn A Mill was built in 1866 along the St Anthony Falls and opened in 1874.  The mill suffered a gigantic explosion, caused by flour particles filling the air and destroying most of the mill. At the time of the explosion the roof went 100 feet in the air, according to eyewitnesses.  In 1880 a new mill was built, which became Gold Medal Flour.  The mill finally closed in 1965 due to financial reasons.
Across the river you can still see the original Pillsbury Mill dating back to the 1900s.
The Mill City Museum is well worth the time you will spend there.

St Anthony's Fall

Original Pillsbury Mill from 1900s

large vacuum added after explosion

Last stop for the day was the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  James J Hill donated many of the art works he had collected, especially Corot. They have 2 Pierre Bonnard pieces, which made us francofiles happy. It has a diverse and extensive collection, well worth viewing.  Our feet were finally saying "time to go".

street art


We move on to Wisconsin tomorrow night, then two nights in Upper Michigan at a favorite spot, Sault Ste Marie. Stay tuned.
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!

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