Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

Annette and Shirley

The happy couple


Original mill structure

Another view

Dust collectors

Flour thingies

Gold Medal

The competition

Falls, lock, arch bridge

Metrodome home of the Vikings


Minnehaha Falls, Mississippi River

Hiawatha and Minnehaha

Annette and her charges Ollie and Penny

Today we went to church at a UMC in Ham Lake (still can't get over the names around here) and then on to Annette's house for a trip to Minneapolis and the Mill City Museum. What a great time we all had as we took a guided tour of the old mill and learned not just about the flour milling at that location but that Minneapolis was the world's leading flour milling location in the 1800's. We also had a guided tour of the Flour Tower. What sights from the observation deck after a seated elevator historical presentation of the Mill Tower. This was really neat. About 30 of us were seated on bench steps and it was really an elevator. It took us to 7 different floors with a scene depicting what went on at each floor. Fantastic. After spending over 4 hours there (also a hands on museum at the home of Betty Crocker) we headed to South Minneapolis. Our next stop was the Minnehaha State Park and a look at the falls on the Mississippi River. This is the spot that Longfellow got the inspiration for the Song of Hiawatha. There is a bronze statue of both Hiawatha and Minnehaha. We finished the evening with an excellent bar-b-q dinner at Famous Dave's in Coon Rapids (there we go again). Enjoy the pics.

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