PORTAGING AROUND THE FALLS
"For untold generations of Indian people the
Mississippi River was an important canoe route.
To pass around the falls, the Dakota (Sioux) and
Ojibway (Chippewa) used a well-established
portage trail. Starting at a landing below the
site now occupied by the steam plant, the
trail climbed the bluff to this spot. From here
it followed the east bank along what is now
Main Street to a point well above the falls."