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St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail

Known as MI-NI RORA (curling water) by the Dakota and Kakabikah (the severed rock) by the Ojibwa, St. Anthony Falls possessed religious significance for Native American tribes.

With a lift of 49 feet, the lock at St. Anthony Falls accounts for more than 10% of the total height change of the Mississippi River between the Twin Cities and St. Louis, MO. The Army Corps of Engineers also operates an observatory on this site, which is open to the public.
Surrounding St. Anthony Falls is the St. Anthony Falls Historic District Area which offers the Heritage Trail, a self-guided two-mile loop which tells the story of Minneapolis’ history. Tours covering the history of St. Anthony Falls and the nearby Stone Arch Bridge are available.
The Observation Deck is located at the intersection of West River Road and Portland Ave. in Downtown Minneapolis.

St. Anthony Falls
St. Anthony Falls



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