Nicollet Island (Images of America) by Christopher Hage,Rushika February Hage

By Christopher Hage,Rushika February Hage

Above St. Anthony Falls, in the midst of the Mississippi River, hidden within the center of Minneapolis, lies Wita Waste, the gorgeous island. Named Wita Waste through Dakota Indians, it really is identified now as Nicollet Island, the single inhabited island within the Mississippi. Over the centuries, it's been a sacred birthing position, on the heart of the lumber and flour-milling industries that equipped Minneapolis, and fascinated about the cave in of the Eastman tunnel, which just about doomed these industries. considered one of Minneapolis's biggest fires, the nice conflagration of 1893, all started there. it's been the house of pioneers, veterans, elite barons of the Gilded Age, Roman Catholic clergymen, hippies, artists, vagrants, and donkeys. a lot of their homes nonetheless stay, maintaining Minneapolis's architectural background. Nicollet Island has been on the heart of various controversies starting from its unique land declare to proposals to find the country capitol there, to, extra lately, the threatened demolition of its ancient homes. Nicollet Island is the historical past of Minnesota in miniature, and its story is one among attractiveness, romance, catastrophe, and conflict.

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