Jump into my way back machine and say happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Chicago river in 2007
Mill City Museum is built into the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The original A Mill, built in 1874, was leveled by a flour dust explosion that claimed 18 lives. That explosion and the resulting fire destroyed much of the riverfront business area, cutting Minneapolis’ milling capacity in half.
The A Mill was rebuilt by 1880, with state-of-the-art machinery that permitted safer operations while producing higher quality flour. At the time it was the largest and most technologically advanced mill in the world, featuring new automatic steel rollers instead of traditional millstones. During its heyday, it was said that the mill ground enough flour to make 12 million loaves of bread a day.
As technology and consumer preferences evolved, the A Mill became obsolete, and was shut down in 1965. In 1991, it was nearly destroyed by fire.
During the late 1990s, the Minneapolis Community Development Agency cleaned up the rubble and fortified the walls. Shortly thereafter, the Minnesota Historical Society announced its plan to develop a museum on the site.
The trail that makes up the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota. This is the first time I’ve been on the Gunflint Trail after hearing about it for a long time. There are a lot of moose crossing signs and moose lookouts, however my moose sightings are still at an unimpressive zero.
Gunflint Trail, Northern Minnesota
This is a great little cafe/bar on the Gunflint Trail. It’s everything you’d imagine a little side restaurant in the north woods of Minnesota to be. All though my chili was luke warm, the hot chocolate is some of the best I’ve ever had. Perfect little place to stop into after dog sledding at the Bearskin Lodge just down the Gunflint trail.
Gunflint Trail Center, Gunflint Trail Minnesota