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FATHER HENNEPIN BLUFFS | by Jason Riedy
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FATHER HENNEPIN BLUFFS

"This was the site from which Father Louis Hennepin, the

Franciscan priest, first viewed the falls of St. Anthony

in June of 1680. He named the falls after his patron

saint St. Anthony of Padua.

 

"The famous waterfall was responsible for the birth of

Minneapolis. The cateract is the most abrubt drop in the

2,200 mile course of the Mississippi river.

 

"This immediate ground, which commemorates St. Anthony

falls, was the former Lucy Wilder Morris park. The

original size of the area was three-tenths of an

acre and is owned by the Hennepin County Historical

Society.

 

"During the summer of 1971, this land with the surrounding

unused Northern States Power Company acreage was

cleaned, revitalized, and opened to the public. The

entire six acre tract was at that time renamed

Father Hennepin Bluffs."

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Taken on July 9, 2012