Secret Find of Minneapolis - Frozen Waterfall

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Kirby Fine Homes

Minnehaha Falls In Winter

Minnehaha Falls is a beautiful area to visit anytime of the year in Minneapolis. This weekend I went to the park to get some snapshots of the frozen waterfall. Yes, those are people walking at the bottom of the falls. At 53 feet, it is quite a sight to see in summer and in the winter.

History

Minnehaha Creek flows 22 miles from Lake Minnetonka through Minneapolis before ending its journey at the Mississippi River. The word, Minnehaha, comes from the Dakota language and literally means, "curling water", or "waterfall". Minnehaha Falls is located not too far from where the creek meets the Mississippi. History has it that the falls were named "Brown's Falls" in the early 1800's after United States Army Commander Jacob Brown, while the Dakota called Minnehaha Creek, "Wakpa Cistinna", meaning "Little River".

Minnehaha Falls is quite famous. It is the site location for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "The Song of Hiawatha", published in 1855.

As far as the geology of the site, the site of Minnehaha Falls is linked to Saint Anthony Falls, which is several miles upriver on the Mississippi. Around 10,000 years ago, St. Anthony Falls was located near the site where Minnehaha Creek entered the river. As erosion brought the falls upriver, it passed Minnehaha Creek, causing a new waterfall to form. The story actually becomes even more complex because the Mississippi eventually abandoned the portion of St. Anthony Falls that was then nearest to Minnehaha. The lower portion of Minnehaha Creek now flows through a wide and deep channel once belonging to the larger river. The end of Minnehaha Creek where it joins the Mississippi River is the lowest surface point in the city of Minneapolis at 686 ft above sea level. Below is a photo of the river valley gorge.

 

Photos of the falls have been taken over the years, 1860, 1865.

If you would like to see a slideshow of addtional photos of the frozen waterfall in Minneaoplis, visit the full post on my outside blog.

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Lynda - It is really amazing to see water frozen in mid fall...the power of nature.
February 01, 2008 09:41 AM
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Jennifer Kirby
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Sean - it is surrounded by Minnehaha park, and many people just don't know it it there. It is definitely a secret and most locals don't even think about taking a look at in the winter. Since it has been so cold this year, it finally froze.
February 01, 2008 09:43 AM
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Kirk - it is my pleasure. I am getting to know my camera better and have been taking alot of photos in black and white lately.  I like the effect it gives in the winter.
February 01, 2008 09:44 AM
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Todd & Charles - well, it was 20 degrees when I visited, which felt quite warm. We had just had three weeks of zero or below temps. The wind wasn't blowing so that helped! :)
February 01, 2008 09:46 AM
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Geordie - I can't imagine climbing a frozen waterfall....you are braver than I.
February 01, 2008 09:47 AM
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