3/23/10

Outdoor Wednesday/ The Mighty Mississippi!

This past week-end, hubby and I took a little jaunt to the Twin Cities of  Minneapolis/St.Paul.  It's an easy 2 hour drive for us and one of our all time favorite cities to visit.  Both cities are on the Mississippi and with our recent warm weather, the river is quite high and roaring. 

This area of the river in downtown Minneapolis is known as St. Anthony Falls.  Known as the Mill District during the 1800's because of all the Flour Mills along this stretch of the River.

Many of the old buildings are gone.  Above is one that is still in fairly good condition. A museum is housed inside this one. 

In 2001 they began work on a park where the old flour mills once stood .  They excavated underground to the tunnels and stone that were left largely untouched.


Here is a partial view from the walkway above. 


Hubby checking it out.

Above St. Anthony Falls is the Stone Arch Bridge.  Built around the turn of the century when Minneapolis had more flour mills than any other place in our country.

I loved this old stone bridge!


And along here, as winter gives way to spring,....

The Mighty Mississippi roars!

I am joining Susan @  A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.

Have a great Wednesday !

31 comments:

  1. What gorgeous scenery! I love the sound of rushing water.
    Brenda

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  2. I rode up that way with Hubby on my birthday one year when we still owned a semi company and toured the Mall of America. The Twin Cities are a cool place to visit.

    Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed evening!

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  3. We've followed the Mississippi almost all the way to the very tippy top where they say you can step over it. Wish we had traveled that last little bit of 60 miles. It really widens as it flows south. I've followed the river to LA, so wish we had gone on up to the beginning. We live 14 miles west of the Mississippi.

    It was out of it's banks and on the cobblestones at St Louis last week. The Missouri River meets the Mississippi in St Louis. The Missouri was up last week, too.

    J's French ancestor traveled up to St Louis, on the Mississippi, when he landed in America 200 years ago.

    Great photos Cindy!! Loved this post.

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  4. I hope someday i can go to that place. i am from Indonesia and like adventure.

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  5. I feel like I got to go with you on this trip! What great pictures - you really captured the roaring river! Thanks for sharing Cindy!

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  6. Dear Cindy,
    After living in Minneapolis for 24 years and knowing the city inside out ... I loved your photos of the River. My youngest son still lives there in addition to many, many friends. Glad you were able to have this experience.

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  7. Beautiful

    Powerful

    Misty

    Cold

    These are a few of the adjectives that come to mind.

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  8. What a fun trip. I love to get away for the weekend. The river and the old mills are so interesting. So glad you had a good time. Hugs, Marty

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  9. Great pictures of the Mississippi. Thanks for sharing your trip.

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  10. Cindy, your photos are beautiful! That stone bridge is so pretty. I can't believe it is still standing with the river rushing that way. The part of the Miss. River I live on never looks that way. So interesting to see another part of the river that looks so completely different. laurie

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  11. Wow, gorgeous photos. The river looks so powerful roaring over the spillways. It is nice to see some history being preserved...too soom it will all be gone.
    Happy Outdoor Wednesday, it looked like a great day.
    Maryrose

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  12. The power of that water rushing! I love the old time buildings with lettered signs like the gold medal flour. Look so beautiful lit up at night.

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  13. Beautiful photos! Explored your site a bit and enjoyed seeing your cottage.

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  14. Powerful images of the Mississippi in Minnesota. Nice job!
    Joyce M

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  15. Hi Cindy!!!!
    What great pics those were!!!!I could see bits of a Rainbow, I could see the mist and I could almost feel the freezing cold water!!!! Great shots!!!When I visited Minneapolis in Dec, about 5 years ago, we headed downtown to see this area, but far to cold to see it and we changed out minds!!!!Headed back to the Mall of AMerica!!!!Did make it to St. Paul , the capital building, the Cathedral and a tour of that street in front of the chapel, all those Historic homes!!!!I loved my visit there, even though it was soooo COLD!!!!
    you must have had a fun day!!!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  16. Very nice views! i didn't know the Mississipi was so rough.i like the bridge too and the mill is huge!thank you for your visit. Hugs Catherine

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  17. I can just about hear it roaring! Great pictures! Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

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  18. What a fun field trip!
    I have to agree the bridge is absolutely gorgeous.
    OH HOW COLD THAT WATER LOOKS....but beautiful the way it's running - you can almost hear the roar.

    Karen

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  19. WoW CIndy! the Mississippi River! Someday I hope to be able to feel the spray on my face! I just bought a book called "Becky" which is the sequel to Huck Finn, but written by someone else entirely, but I'm hoping I can just get lost in it, in a different day and time.
    Loved all the photos, I can see a rainbow in one . . . It must've been LOUD!
    Very fun! I really enjoyed this!
    Thanks for taking us along.
    Hugs! Karen

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  20. Great series of photos Cindy! I like that they preserved some of the mills. Thank you for taking us with you.

    ~ Tracy

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  21. Hi Cindy!!!
    Thank you for the compliment on looking cute for the Meet and greet, I got that cute cardigan on sale at Ann Taylor Loft and that BIB necklace I got at one of the local boutiques here and It was CHEAP!!!! ON Etsy they are selling for like 50.00 and I got it for $10.00!!!!! YeS I typed 10.00, so I bought 2, aqua and gray!!!!!
    I love it!!!!!
    What do you think??? DO you like it????
    Have a great week
    hugs,
    jamie

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  22. Wow, Cindy...that was almost like actually being right there...I have seen more of this country while I have been blogging then I ever would have seen otherwise. Thank you so much for giving me that experience.
    Are the tree's beginning to turn green yet?

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  23. Hi Cindy! Oh, so beautiful! I'm familiar with the old Miss from the south, so this is great to see her at another spot!
    Thank you so much for popping in to see little Carter. I'll tell my daughter what you said about breast babies gaining a little slower. I know that will make her feel better.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  24. What gorgeous pictures of the water and ruins. Thanks for sharing! It was so nice of you to stop by my blog.

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  25. Hi Cindy! Wow, awesome pics! Please check out my post on my blog today. I've sent you a virtual Easter basket and would appreciate your help in passing it along! Have a great day!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  26. WOW! You captured the Mighty Mississippi and all it's grandeur so well Cindy! I can almost hear the roar of the rapids.
    What a fun trip!

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  27. A very interesting post! I liked seeing the old flour mill and the Mississippi is impressive anytime!

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  28. I've never been to Minneapolis except for transferring plans at the airport. From Milwaukee, it's a much lover drive. I really enjoyed the Mill Ruins tour and I didn't know that they once were the flour mill capital of the world. That is some roaring water!

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  29. Wow! Great post, Cindy! I've only seen it at the New Orleans end, where it is very wide and lazy! Happy weekend!...hugs,...Debbie

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I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy