Minneapolis's history as the flour milling capital of the world is well-known...but here's your chance to explore that history in real depth. We'll walk both sides of the downtown Minneapolis riverfront, and explore historic buildings, structures, and landscapes as well as new developments along the river.
We’ll visit and learn about Saint Anthony Falls and its lock and dam, the Saint Anthony Main complex, the Stone Arch Bridge, the Guthrie Theater, Main Street SE and West River Parkway, the Water Power and Mill Ruins parks, and the east- and west-side milling districts and remaining historic buildings, including the Pillsbury A Mill and the Mill City Museum. Discover how the city and its riverfront have evolved over the past 165 years—and continue to do so.
This tour walks about 2 miles and is not ADA accessible.
Tour guide Aaron Rubenstein is a historic preservationist and architectural historian. He is the program director at Historic Saint Paul, a nonprofit organization that uses and advocates for preservation as a community development tool - primarily in under-resourced neighborhoods. Aaron has lived in Minneapolis most of his life and loves giving tours - to help people understand and really see our built and natural environment.