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The
Minnesota
Archaeologist
Vol. 48, No. 1-2                                1989

ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE
CENTRAL MINNEAPOLIS RIVERFRONT

PART 1: HISTORICAL OVERVIEW AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL POTENTIALS

Scott F. Anfinson
Minnesota Historical Society

© 1989 Minnesota Archaeological Society



TABLE OF CONTENTS


Preface
Table of Contents
Introduction
Sources
Historical Background
Archaeological Site Inventory

- Bassett's Creek
- Gateway
- West Side Mill District
- Gasworks Bluff
- Brewery Flats
- Milwaukee Road
- Boom Island
- Hennepin-Central
- Nicollet Island
- East Side Mill District
- Interbank

Historical Figures and Photographs  (big thumbnails)   (medium)   (small)
References Cited
Chronology Chart


Archaeological Site Inventory

   

Introduction

This section is an inventory of the potential archaeological sites along the central Minneapolis riverfront. The central riverfront extends from Plymouth Avenue to the bend in the river near the University of Minnesota. Potential archaeological sites include all those locations where records indicate a particular building stood or activity took place. Some sites may have been completely destroyed by subsequent developments, but in most cases it is assumed that some artifactual or featural remains exist.

Most of the sites on the west side of the river were initially described as part of the West River Parkway project and appeared in Anfinson (1984). The other sites included here are the product of research for the restructuring of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District and original research undertaken for this publication.

The inventories for the east side, the islands, and the interbank area are previously unpublished. As a whole, these inventories are less comprehensive than the west side areas due to restrictions on research time, especially with regard to those areas outside of the immediate St. Anthony Falls vicinity.

The inventories are organized by the major areas shown on Figure 7. They begin at the north end of the west side, move south, and then skip to the north end of the east side and move south. The Interbank Area appears last.

The name of each site is followed by building completion and demolition dates. In some cases actual street addresses follow the dates. Under the references, SAFR refers to St. Anthony Falls Rediscovered (Berman 1980) and USGS is a United States Geological Survey map.

- Bassett's Creek
- Gateway
- West Side Mill District
- Gasworks Bluff
- Brewery Flats
- Milwaukee Road
- Boom Island
- Hennepin-Central
- Nicollet Island
- East Side Mill District
- Interbank

 
Vol. 48, No. 1-2  © 1989 The Minnesota Archaeological Society

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