The Lower Trail

The Stone Arch Bridge, with the blue and yellow Guthrie Theater in the background

A few weeks ago Scott and I had brunch with a couple of friends and then decided to enjoy the lovely spring weather by going for a walk around the St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis.  This is the oldest part of Minneapolis with a cute cobblestone street, adorable bars and restaurants, a park, and the historic Stone Arch Bridge which now functions as a walking/biking bridge to Downtown.  We decided to explore the Lower Trail where we found this graffiti covered section of crumbing ruins from the old Pillsbury A Flour Mill and thought it would be a nice spot for a photo shoot.

shirt : delia’s / necklace : alloy / skirt : francesca’s / tights : modcloth / shoes : chelsea crew via modcloth / watch : fossil

This trench used to carry water from the Mississippi River through the mill to power flour production.  It’s so cool seeing remnants of history like this, even if they are covered in graffiti.  In a way, I sort of feel like the graffiti adds character.  One of these water tunnels still carries water through the depths of the long abandoned mill and comes out further down the trail.  The mill is actually in the process of being converted into apartments, so it will be interesting to see if they keep the river flowing through the basement.  If I weren’t moving to Oregon I would totally be looking into living there once it’s completed.  It would be awesome to live in a building with such a huge stamp on Minneapolis history.

What sort of cool history does your town have?  Get out and explore, and maybe you’ll learn something new :)

– Steph

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