Thursday, November 17, 2011

Minnehaha Falls

                                   Minnehaha Park                                 
Today we went to see Minnehaha Falls, where President Lyndon B. Johnson and Senator Hubert H. Humphrey visited in 1964. This has since become a National Landmark and  Scenic Drive. In addition to its natural beauty, Minnehaha Park is home to several sculptures. A mask of Chief Little Crow is positioned near Minnehaha Falls. The mask commemorates the chief, who was killed in the year following the 1862 Dakota conflict, and is in an area considered to be sacred to American Indians. The area includes:

President Johnsons Footprints from his visit
A . L o n g f e l l o w H o u s e
B . M i n n e h a h a P a v i l l i o n a n d S e a S a l t E a t e r y
C . P i c n i c S h e l t e r
D . B a n d s t a n d
E . M i n n e h a h a F a l l s
F . S t e v e n s H o u s e
G . L i g h t R a i l T r a n s i t S t a t i o n
H . W a d i n g P o o l


Interesting tid bits we learned about Minnehaha: 
1.) Name: The park was officially named Minnehaha State Park when it was purchased by Minneapolis for
the state of Minnesota in 1889. In 1906 it was officially designated as a part of Mississippi Park, which
included the parkways on both sides of the river and Riverside Park. The name Minnehaha comes from
words in the Dakota language that mean waterfall. The popular translation of “laughing waters” comes
from a felicitous but too literal Anglophone translation of “ha ha”
2.) Location: Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway
3.) Size: 167.24 acres
4. )Minnehaha Falls and the land surrounding it became one of the first state parks in the United States when it was purchased by the state of Minnesota in 1889. Only New York had created a state park at that time. But the state of Minnesota only paid for the park indirectly and never had a hand in maintaining it. The city of Minneapolis put up the money to buy it and managed it from the beginning.
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