Discover the Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis [PHOTOS]
I’m fast becoming a huge fan of the rich history you can discover very easily in Minneapolis. I recently visited the “Mill District” in Minneapolis and had to cross the beautiful Stone Arch Bridge to get to the some of the stops on the tour. I was struck by the size, architecture and amount of traffic on the bridge (and by traffic I mean foot, bike, segways etc).
The Stone Arch Bridge is the only bridge of its kind over the mighty Mississippi. It’s made up of native granite and limestone (it measures 2100 feet long by 28 feet wide). The bridge is made up of 23 arches and features St. Anthony Falls. The famous waterfall was responsible for the birth of Minneapolis and is the most abrupt drop in the 2200 miles that make up the Mississippi River.
The bridge was built by railroad big shot James J Hill back in 1883. It served as a working railroad bridge until 1965. You can get more on the history of the bridge and where to find it by Clicking Here. Visitors can enjoy the bridge year-round and seasonal guided tours are available as well (may I recommend the Segway Tour). Click Here for a list of events, festivals etc.
We found a beautiful plaque near the foot of the bridge dedicated to Father Hennepin and it tells the story on how St. Anthony Falls got its name back in 1680.