free enterprise at the Falls

 

Half a stereo view from the late 1870s. You're looking east, over the lip of the Falls.
Half a stereo view from the late 1870s. You’re looking east, over the lip of the Falls.

Before the Minneapolis Board of Park Commissioners came to own Minnehaha Falls in 1889, it was privately held by Franklin Steele, George W. Lincoln, and a few others.  These landowners rented out their land to people running saloons, restaurants, and hotels, and to photographers.

A closer look at this picture shows a photographer's business: a platform to pose people in front of the falls, and a dark room to develop their pictures.
A closer look at this picture shows a photographer’s business: a platform to pose people in front of the falls, and a dark room to develop their pictures.

The sign in this faint and faded old picture says “Tintypes Taken.”  There’s a word before “tintypes” but who can read it?  Maybe it says “Now” or “New”?


 

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