Rich History in Minnehaha Park

Not only does this park have a waterfall and hiking trails, there is also rich history in Minnehaha Park. This guide will give you a glimpse of history in Minneapolis.

Furthermore, many of these spots also offer tours on the weekends. Make sure to call ahead or visit their website to reserve a time and day.

Longfellow House

In 1907, the Longfellow house was designed off of the Massachusetts home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The historic home now serves the community as an interpretive information center and is run by the Minneapolis Park board.

Minnehaha Depot provides history in Minnehaha Park:

This gingerbread train station was a frequent stop to many rail workers. It is also known as “the princess depot”.

John H Steven’s house moved to provide history in Minnehaha Park

This birthplace of Minneapolis was the first structured home in the city of lakes. It was built the year of 1849. It was relocated to Minnehaha Park from its original spot near St Anthony Falls in 1896.

Significant Statues around the park

The statues below provide rich history in Minnehaha Park.

  • Chief Little Crow mask was created to see the world through his eyes
  • John H Stevens was the first settler in Minneapolis and if the statue is true to size, he was a short man
  • Gunnar Wennerberg was a composer and educator, politician, and poet
  • Song of Hiawatha is a controversial poem and statue about an Ojibwa warrior in love with a Dakota women.
  • Statue of poet and educator, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Make reservations for tours at the following websites

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15 thoughts on “Rich History in Minnehaha Park

  1. Minnehahah Park seems like a great place to visit on my first visit to Minneapolis! I love discovering natural areas on my adventures to new places. The waterfall I think would be the most exciting to check out!

  2. I really love reading about a place’s history, however I have a friend who lives in Minneapolis, she might know about it. I’ll share it with her!

    1. Minehaha Park sounds like a gem that has to be visited. I hope I get to see it one day. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  3. So much history in this place! And it’s nice that they honor noble people by putting their statues everywhere. 🙂

  4. What an amazing history you shared. I love going to historical parks as it bring you back in time. I wish to visit that soon!

  5. I love this park! it looks beautiful and sharing its history is very beneficial! I hope I will see it one day

  6. this history seems to be very interesting and amazing one.,.glad you shared this with us..found it very lovely and amazing..great work though..

  7. This sounds like a great park to visit. So many interesting things! I would love to go one day!

  8. I like learning the history of every park that I visited coz it makes the experience complete. Thanks for virtually bringing us to Minnehaha Park!

  9. Yay MPLS! Hello fellow Minnesotan!
    My kids and I love going to the Falls, the trails are fun to walk through and explore. It’s like a hidden nature place to escape the city life (without actually leavning the city)… Kind of like the Eloise Butler Garden and other various locations ; )

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