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    Minnehaha Park Minneapolis, Minnesota

    MINNEHAHA DEPOT
    AND
    COL. JOHN H. STEVENS HOUSE
    Minneapolis


    Part of Minnehaha Park


     
    MINNEHAHA DEPOT
    Milwaukee Road Station agents affectionately referred to this quaint little Minnehaha Depot
    as "The Princess". It's delicate gingerbread architecture is reminiscent of the Victorian era when ladies in bustles and gentlemen in high collars traveled largely by train.
    The first track connecting Minneapolis with Mendota was laid in 1865 by the Minnesota Central Railway, the predecessor of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway.
    The Princess was built in the Mid - 1870's to replace the smaller station here.
    Throngs of picnickers and sightseers took the 16 minute ride from Minneapolis to Minnehaha Park and the old Longfellow Gardens Zoo, while others traveled to and from Fort Snelling
    and Mendota. In 1910 three trains made thirteen round trips daily to the Depot.
    It was the scene of feverish activity during World War I and II because of the Military traffic in and out of Fort Snelling.
    The Milwaukee Road closed the station in August 1963 and presented it to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1964. The Minnesota Transportation Museum, Inc. an affiliate of the society, has undertaken the restoration and maintenance of the Depot.


    Text courtesy of the Plaque at the station


     


    JOHN HARRINGTON STEVENS
    First Settler in the City of Minneapolis


     
    John Harrington Stevens house was built in 1850 , this was the first house built on the west bank of the Mississippi, located at Saint Anthony Falls, near the present day Minneapolis Post Office.
    John H. Stevens received permission to occupy the site, part of the Fort Snelling Military reservation in exchange for providing ferry services at Saint Anthony Falls. Steven's house and claim were originally known as the "Ferry Farm".
    In the years 1850 to 1855 this house became the civic and social hub of the west bank settlement, earning the name "The Birthplace of Minneapolis", It was in this house that both the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County were organized.

     


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