viewing the falls, 1890’s, part 2

The beginnings of Park Board improvements at Minnehaha Park.

In 1889, the Minneapolis Park Board finally took control of Minnehaha Falls.  After years and years of legal fighting over this land (but with more lawsuits to come) the Park Board ultimately prevailed.

Safety first.  They blocked off the path that allowed people to walk from one side to the other behind the waterfall, and they built the stone platform.  It wasn’t long before they put up iron railings to prevent people from falling off the edge.


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