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Minneapolis is the largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and is the county seat of Hennepin County. The city lies on both banks of the Mississippi River, just north of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital. Minneapolis has a total area of 58.4 square miles (151.3 km2) and of this 6% is water. The city's lowest elevation of 686 feet (209 m) is near where Minnehaha Creek meets the Mississippi River. The site of the Prospect Park Water Tower is often cited as the city's highest point and a placard in Deming Heights Park denotes the highest elevation, but a spot at 974 feet (296.88 m) in or near Waite Park in Northeast Minneapolis is corroborated by Google Earth as the highest ground.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
At the 2005-2007 American Community Survey Estimates, the city's population was 68.1% White, 17.7% Black or African American, 1.3% American Indian and Alaska Native, 5.1% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 4.7% from some other race and 3.0% from two or more races. 9.5% of the total population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 41.2% of the total population had a Bachelor's degree or higher.
Compared to a peer group of metropolitan areas in 2000, Minneapolis-Saint Paul is decentralizing, with individuals moving in and out frequently and a large young and Caucasian population and a low unemployment rate. Racial and ethnic minorities lag behind Caucasian counterparts in education, with 15.0% of African Americans and 13.0% of Hispanics holding bachelor's degrees compared to 42.0% of the Caucasian population. The standard of living is on the rise, with incomes among the highest in the Midwest, but median household income among African Americans is below that of Caucasians by over $17,000. Regionally, home ownership among African American and Hispanic residents is half that of Caucasians though Asian home ownership doubled. In 2000, the poverty rates included Caucasians at 4.2%, African Americans at 26.2%, Asians at 19.1%, American Indians at 23.2%, and Hispanics at 18.1%.
Dakota Sioux were the region's sole residents until French explorers arrived around 1680. Nearby Fort Snelling, built in 1819 by the United States Army, spurred growth in the area. The United States Government pressed the Mdewakanton band of the Dakota to sell their land, allowing people arriving from the east to settle there. The Minnesota Territorial Legislature authorized present day Minneapolis as a town on the Mississippi's west bank in 1856. Minneapolis incorporated as a city in 1867, the year rail service began between Minneapolis and Chicago, and joined with the east bank city of St. Anthony in 1872.
Minneapolis grew up around Saint Anthony Falls, the
highest waterfall on the Mississippi. Millers have used hydropower since
the 1st century B.C., but the results in Minneapolis between 1880 and
1930 were so remarkable the city has been described as "the greatest
direct-drive waterpower center the world has ever seen." In early years,
forests in northern Minnesota were the source of a lumber industry that
operated seventeen sawmills on power from the waterfall. By 1871, the
west river bank had twenty-three businesses including flour mills,
woolen mills, iron works, a railroad machine shop, and mills for cotton,
paper, sashes, and planing wood. The farmers of the Great Plains grew
grain that was shipped by rail to the city's thirty-four flour mills
where Pillsbury and General Mills became processors. By 1905,
Minneapolis delivered almost 10% of the country's flour and grist. At
peak production, a single mill at Washburn-Crosby made enough flour for
twelve million loaves of bread each day.
Loading flour, Pillsbury, 1939
Minneapolis made dramatic changes to rectify discrimination as early as 1886 when Martha Ripley founded Maternity Hospital for both married and unmarried mothers. When the country's fortunes turned during the Great Depression, the violent Teamsters Strike of 1934 resulted in laws acknowledging workers' rights. A lifelong civil rights activist and union supporter, mayor Hubert Humphrey helped the city establish fair employment practices and a human relations council that interceded on behalf of minorities by 1946. Minneapolis contended with white supremacy, participated in desegregation and the African-American civil rights movement, and in 1968 was the birthplace of the American Indian Movement.
During the 1950s and 1960s as part of urban renewal, the city razed about two hundred buildings across twenty-five city blocks—roughly 40% of downtown, destroying the Gateway District and many buildings with notable architecture including the Metropolitan Building. Efforts to save the building failed but are credited with jumpstarting interest in historic preservation in the state.
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The earliest announcement and
recommendation of this name was brought by
The distinguished parts borne by both Hoag and Bowman in this opportune coinage of the name Minneapolis have been many times related, with gratitude to Hoag for the bright idea and to Bowman for his effective advocacy of it by his newspaper.
But a new claim, for the origination of the name by Bowman during a horseback ride from St. Anthony to Marine Mills on the St. Croix River was published in the summer of 1915 by a posthumous letter of Benjamin Drake, Sr., a cousin of Bowman, printed on page 1583 in vol. 3 of the late Capt. Henry A. Castle's History of Minnesota. The circumstantial evidences of truthfulness there shown for Bowman, as the first to receive the inspiration of uniting "Minnehaha" and "polis" to form this city name, seem quite conclusive.
It is probable, however, that Bowman had mentioned this idea to his friend Mr. Hoag, and that some days or weeks later, when Hoag had entirely forgotten this, it may have come again to his mind and been thought new and original with himself, immediately before his writing the short article by which this name was proposed in November 1852.
So each of these excellent early citizens of Minneapolis may have honestly believed himself the favored first originator of the city's name. They worked together unselfishly and successfully for its adoption, and they seem equally deserving of enduring fame for this service to the young city.
The claims for each are quite fully stated and discussed in the Minneapolis Journal, by Hon. John B. Gilfillan, January 7, 1917, and by the present writer a week later on January 14.
Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society
|Minneapolis City Hall
350 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-3000
|Mayor||R.T. Rybak||(612) 673-2100|
|Council Member - Ward 1||Paul Ostrow||(612) 673-2201|
|Council Member - Ward 2||Cam Gordon||(612) 673-2202|
|Council Member - Ward 3||Diane Hofstede||(612) 673-2203|
|Council Member - Ward 4||Barbara Johnson||(612) 673-2204|
|Council Member - Ward 5||Don Samuels||(612) 673-2205|
|Council Member - Ward 6||Robert Lilligren||(612) 673-2206|
|Council Member - Ward 7||Lisa Goodman||(612) 673-2207|
|Council Member - Ward 8||Elizabeth Glidden||(612) 673-2208|
|Council Member - Ward 9||Gary Schiff||(612) 673-2209|
|Council Member - Ward 10||Ralph Remington||(612) 673-2210|
|Council Member - Ward 11||Scott Benson||(612) 673-2211|
|Council Member - Ward 12||Sandy Colvin Roy||(612) 673-2212|
|Council Member - Ward 13||Betsy Hodges||(612) 673-2213|
US Post Office
100 S 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2002
Phone: (612) 349-4715
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS
Fax: (612) 349-4970
Vintage Map of Minneapolis, MN from 1879 - 24"x36" Wall Art
|Utility Type||Utility Name||Utility Phone|
|Natural Gas||CenterPoint Energy||612-372-4727|
|Water||City of Minneapolis||612-661-4917|
|University of Minnesota||Colleges, Universities, & Professional Schools||30,000|
|Target Corporation||Other General Merchandise Stores||25,734|
|Allina Health System||All Other Outpatient Care Centers||22,105|
|Wells Fargo Bank MN||Commercial Banking||20,175|
|Fairview Health Services||All Other Outpatient Care Centers||18,500|
|Hennepin County||Other General Government Suppt.||12,171|
|U.S. Bankcorp||Comm. Banking||9,500|
|Ameriprise Financial Inc.||Misc. Financial Investment Activ.||6,000|
|United Parcel Service||Postal Service||5,400|
|Xcel Energy Inc.||Electric Power Generation, Transmission & Dist.||5,057|
|Honeywell ACS||Engineering Services||5,000|
|CenturyLink||Power & Comm. Line & Related Structures Const.||4,390|
|Children's Hospitals and Clinics||General Medical & Surgical Hospitals||4,233|
|City of Minneapolis||Other General Government Suppt.||3,945|
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