Intro to Mill District

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The heart of Minneapolis may be the stately skyscrapers of central downtown, but its soul is surely in the history and culture of the Mill District, where St. Anthony Falls once powered an industry that produced more flour than anywhere else in the world and gave birth to the Twin Cities as we know them today.

Since the dawn of the 21st century, the district’s growth into one of Minneapolis’ most affluent urban neighborhoods has been guided by the Historic Mills District Master Plan. The city initiative continues to oversee the development of the District with the resurrected Guthrie Theater as its crown jewel, supported by the MacPhail Center for Music and the Mill City Museum—all popular destinations for visitors.

Residents, on the other hand, may appreciate the more laid-back experience provided by the spacious riverfront biking and walking trails that run along and across the Mississippi and around the historic Mill Ruins Park. If your journey builds up an appetite, you can easily fill up on fresh groceries with the selection of local, organic, and sustainable food at the Mill City Farmers Market or enjoy a meal at one of the district’s celebrated upscale eateries.

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The Mill District Lifestyle

More than a century ago, companies like Pillsbury and General Mills got their start with some help from the only major waterfall on the Mississippi.

The neighborhood is still populated by carefully maintained historical buildings from a time when lumber and flour were the city’s chief industries.

Gold Medal Park, a popular destination during the summer months, provides more than 7 acres of immaculately maintained green space at the center of the Mill District.

There are miles of riverside bike trails running through the Mill District, but the biggest draw is the Stone Arch Bridge, an old railway crossing that’s been converted into a pedestrian and bicycle trail.

Glance up as you bike along the riverside trail and you may find that you’re passing under the Endless Bridge. The jutting walkway is the most striking feature of the world-famous Guthrie Theater, but for a real spectacle try buying a ticket to one of the world-class performances inside.

Start your evening off with a pre-theater meal at one of the Guthrie’s award-winning restaurants or at one of the many eateries nearby.

If you value fresh food and sustainable living, it doesn’t get any greener than the Mill City Farmers Market.

The MCFM hosts dozens of local organic vendors under the historic train shed at the Mill City Museum every Saturday from May to October.

Flour Power

From the 1880s to the 1930s, flour production made Minneapolis the milling capital of the world and gave birth to modern corporate giants like General Mills, Pillsbury and Cargill.