Minnesota Attractions

St Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge

Discover the beauty of St Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge

Minnesota saint anthony falls St Anthony Falls is the only water fall of the Mississippi river which flows from Canada and drains into the Atlantic Ocean off the southern coast of the United States. The falls have a roaring 35 foot fall that was a sacred area to the original resident Sioux and Chippewa Indians.

The fall itself was given its name by the famous explorer and early settler, Father Louis Hennepin. The city of St Paul emerged and grew slowly a few miles downstream where the river became navigable hence able to offer transportation for the growing city. The river is a major transportation conduit from the Twin cities to the rest of the country with barges carrying both raw materials and manufactured goods moving through the river almost all year round except a few months in the winter. The city of Minneapolis later emerged around the Mills that were built nearer the falls.

St Anthony Falls has endured a difficult history. In 1869, a tunnel project was being built under the waterfall when by a tragic accident, it collapsed and with it, the natural fall collapsed too. A few years later however, a concrete apron was constructed around the fall to give it back its characteristic waterfall features, hence preserving it.

In the 19th century, the falls became the center of the nationís flour and lumber milling industries with dozens of mills built around the river banks.

Minnesota saint anthony falls In 1883, the railroad king James Hill built the Stone Arch Bridge a few yards below the waterfalls. The physical address of the bridge is 125 Main St. S.E. in Minneapolis.

It was designed to resemble a Roman overpass and positioned to provide both a grandiose entry into the city and an all-encompassing view of the powerful watermills around the river.

It was built of large Limestone blocks and is now regarded as an engineering marvel and the second-oldest bridge still straddling on the Mississippi River. Its gentle Curves and plainness also make it one of the most beautiful bridges on the river. The over 2000 foot bridge was renovated in 1994 and is now open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic only.

It is a sight to see, so next time you visit Minneapolis, take time out to see the oldest and most beautiful bridge on the Mississippi.



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