The Mississippi River runs right through the heart of the Twin Cities, a lively metropolitan area anchored by Minneapolis and St. Paul. Flip through the photos in this gallery for a peak at the riverfronts, neighborhoods, festivals, and architecture of the region.
Population (2010) 865 in the township History The future village of Nininger was built on a high bank above the river, safely out of reach of high water, but with good access to the river. The settlement was first known as Bluff Landing, then as Bassett's Landing because John Bassett lived there. The first settler
Population (2010) 21,874 History Rosemount is an old community in Dakota County, but one with only a minor connection to the Mississippi River: Spring Lake Park is within the city boundaries, touching the Mississippi River in the far northeast corner of the city. It’s fair to say that Rosemount’s development had much more to do
Population (2010) 33,880 History The McGroarty family, the first of many immigrants from Ireland to settle in the area, reached the US in 1848. The family included 24-year old John, Bridget, his wife, their 2-year old son Bryan, and John’s 23-year old brother, William. Their trip from New York City to St. Paul took 4 years, probably
Population (2010) 623 History The small village of Lilydale, named for the lilies that cover Pickerel Lake, was built in a rather unfortunate location, a low-lying floodplain that, well, floods regularly. So many of its residents lived in boats or trailers--it was easier move out of the way when the river began to rise--that Lilydale earned