Today in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, we walked along the river front of the Upper Mississippi River, passing by the Saint Anthony Falls, which was the only major natural waterfall on the river.
The natural falls were channeled into a concrete spillway, and their water power helped Minneapolis become the “Flour Milling Capital of the World” between 1880 and 1930.
We visited the Mill City Museum, which is built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, the world’s largest and most technologically advanced flour mill when it was completed in 1880. Millers at this complex owned by Washburn-Crosby Company (the forerunner of General Mills) perfected a revolutionary process for milling that made white flour available to the masses.
There’s also a water labs you can learn how water power from St. Anthony Falls made Minneapolis the ideal Mill City.
The Mill City Museum is run by the Minnesota Historical Society. It is open 7 days a week in July and August, and every day except Monday the rest of the year. We found the museum an interesting way to learn about Minneapolis history, and cool off during a hot and humid July day.
What’s your favorite attraction to visit in Minneapolis, Minnesota?
Check out these other museum visits:
- Visiting Finca La Vigía, the Ernest Hemingway Museum in Cuba
- The Little White House in Key West, Florida
- National Airline History Museum in Kansas City, Missouri
- A Visit to the Titanic Quarter and Titanic Belfast
- A Visit to The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City