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Walking Tours of Historic Minneapolis
Local nonprofit Preserve Minneapolis sponsors a series of tours to draw attention to the architectural and cultural treasures of our city. Tours cost $10 per person and require advance registration at eventbrite.com/o/preserve-minneapolis-3618677661. More information is available at preserveminneapolis.org/events/summer-walking-tours/.
Neighborhood Movie Theaters: Saturday, Aug. 26, 9:30 a.m. Between 1915 and 1928, four movie theaters were built between Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues, a good example of the nationwide trend at the time. The Uptown/LynLake area is one of the few areas where so many of these buildings still exist, as theaters or as examples of adaptive reuse. On this tour, you’ll see these historic places and hear about how they shaped the Uptown/LynLake area.
Park Avenue: Age of Opulence Along the Golden Mile: Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m. Park Avenue once ranked as one of Minneapolis’ most prestigious residential streets. Thirty-five of the city’s largest, most opulent mansions were built along the 10-block “Golden Mile” between 18th and 28th Streets. By the end of the 1960s, “urban renewal” had destroyed all but eight of its grand homes. Experience the surviving mansions up close and learn how current decisions continue to threaten some of the remaining few.
East Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska: Saturday, Sept. 9, 9:30 a.m. Explore how our community is proposing to expand upon honoring the Dakota legacy at Lake Calhoun, known to them for centuries as Bde Maka Ska. This tour will recall the transition from Cloud Man’s Village to the early Lake District development of Minneapolis parks and residences.
Nicollet Island: Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. (North Tip). Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. (South Tip). Nicollet Island developed as a microcosm of early Minneapolis. The 40-acre island is the site of the first bridge anywhere across the Mississippi River, and is said to be the only inhabited island the entire length of the Mississippi.
The North Tip tour focuses on the neighborhood upriver from the railroad tracks, where people have lived since the 1860s. Native Americans tapped maples in this area; houses moved, both within the island and onto the island; a school went up and came down; and resident donkeys made friends with visitors into the 1980s.
The South Tip tour focuses on the falls and the industry it attracted, and the movers and shakers who populated Grove Street and built grand homes downriver from the railroad tracks.