Uptown Tour

Other tours: Midtown | 27th and Lake

The Uptown District was the entertainment and retail hub for the growing neighborhoods around the city’s hottest destination: its lakes. Pre-settlement, this area was inhabited by the Mdewakantonwan, who hunted and fished on the lakes’ swampy shores. As the city of Minneapolis grew around the Falls of St. Anthony to the north, the lakes began to attract people seeking relief from the central city—from day trippers who visited the area to fish or enjoy the fresh air to visitors to the area’s posh resorts on the shores of Lake Calhoun. The accessibility of the lakes was enhanced by being located on the new Minneapolis, Lyndale and Lake Calhoun Railway, first laid in 1879, which ran from downtown to the shores of Lake Calhoun.

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Want to lend a hand?

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.