27th and Lake Tour

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Before settlement, American Indians, and later soldiers from Fort Snelling, passed through this area as they traveled between the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers and the Falls of St. Anthony. Two events early in the development of the City of Minneapolis set the stage for the area’s future: First, in 1865 the Minneapolis and Cedar Valley Railroad Company—forerunner to the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad—chose to lay its railroad tracks parallel to Fort Snelling Road. Second, in 1873 Minneapolis Harvester Works established the first of several industrial manufacturing companies that existed near what is now the intersection of Minnehaha and Lake.

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The plaques have been installed, but we’re still short of our funding goal. Basic maintenance of the plaques is free, but in under a year we’ve had to replace two posts and two plaques due to hit-and-runs and vandalism. When it comes to keeping this project alive, every penny counts.