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Minnehaha Falls Park - Minneapolis, MN

Dear Diary,
After almost 7 years a Minnesotan, I finally accomplished something I've been wanting to do for some time now.

I climbed down to the creek bed at Minnehaha to take pictures.

It was a simple undertaking - a matter of climbing down the stairs - and easily achieved during a break in the work day. Minnehaha is located less than 10 minutes from my office and I'm a little ashamed it's taken me this long to do it.

I want to see how the fall colors transform this place, and no, I won't wait another 7 years to find out.

The majestic 53-foot waterfall is probably the park's main draw. It's absolutely gorgeous, and it's thunderous roar as water from the creek cascades over the rock cliff echoes throughout the area. The previous times I've visited, I've stuck to the bridges above.

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(At the top of the waterfall ...)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the New England poet and for whom one of the park's three gardens is named, gave this waterfall national fame in the Song of Hiawatha, written in 1853.

The park is one of Minneapolis' oldest and most popular, attracting more than 850,000 visitors annually.

(From above ...)

I was angered by this plaque - in the midst of a drought, the city is going to further deplete its water supply and impact its citizens for the sake of a pretty picture with the President? It felt irresponsible.

Minnehaha overlooks one of the Locks on the Mississippi. It is quite a sight - I've seen a number of barges come through other Lock and Dams on the river, and it is an engineering marvel to behold. I think too, since the Mississippi River is associated with the South, it's a bit surprising to learn that the river's mouth is in Minnesota, and bisects the two major cities in the region into Twins.

The Little Chief Crow Mask by Ed Archie Noisecat is located near the falls. This area is considered sacred to Native Americans.

(The Pergola Garden)

The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969 as the Minnehaha Historic District. More information about the park and it's amenities can be found here.

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