September Tours

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Cost: $8 per person unless otherwise noted ($10 on-site at the tour for walk-ups, although please note that tours will likely sell out in advance, with no room for walk-ups.)
Please note that space is limited and some events may sell out before the day of the event.
If you lack internet access, or have any questions or concerns about the tour program, please contact our Tour Coordinater, Katy Epler, at or 612-695-7572.
Time: Tours typically last 90 minutes to 2 hours. Exact times are contingent on factors such as weather and group size. Please contact us if you have any questions about lengths of specific tours, or ask your guide at the beginning of the tour.
Distance/terrain: Please see details listed for each tour. Some tours are short and flat, others are longer and hilly.
Kids (and strollers) are welcome, but no dogs or other pets, please. 


SOLD OUT! Historic Park Avenue Part II: The Southern District
Queen Annes, Classical Revivals, and Stories of Their People

When: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Guide: Ryan Knoke 

Starting point: Corner of Park Avenue and East 31st StreetHistoric Park Ave Part II: Queen Annes, Classical Revivals...
Cost: $8

While the architectural landscape of Park Avenue’s Mansion District has changed dramatically, the 10 blocks south of 28th Street remain remarkably intact with their original, architect-designed residences built for upper-middle-class professionals at the turn of the last century. Step back in time to discover the differences between architectural styles, hear stories of its first families, and see how this stretch of Park Avenue is being rediscovered.

This tour will walk about 5 city blocks.


SOLD OUT: Murder & Mayhem; Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

When: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Guide: Sue Hunter-Weir

Starting point: Cemetery Office at 2925 Cedar Avenue Murder & Mayhem: Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial...
Cost: $8

If you think of the past as the “good old days,” you’ll want to think again. Come walk through the seamier side of Minneapolis’ history at Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. We’ll stop and pay our respects (or not!) to a host of folks, both casualties and criminals, who most definitely did not die peacefully in their sleep.

This tour will walk 5-6 blocks over uneven terrain.

27th & Lake: Industry and Transit

When: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Guides: Cara Letofsky, Eric Hart

Starting point: Hi-Lake Shopping Center at East Lake Street 27th & Lake: Industry and Transit
Cost: $8
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In 1886, the streetcar line reached Lake Street along 27th Avenue, and though “Lake Street was a rutted path and the cows outnumbered the people,” the area grew rapidly. This tour centers on the historic industrial complex at Minnehaha & Lake, which for nearly 100 years produced farm implements under the names of Minneapolis Harvester Works and Minneapolis Moline; the ever-evolving transportation system at Hiawatha and Lake; and the community that grew up around these two intersections.

This tour will walk about 25 blocks.


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