Minneapolis History Goes Digital

View of the Minneapolis Skyline in 1966 from 35W before it was opened. Source: City of Minneapolis Flickr

View of the Minneapolis Skyline in 1966 from 35W before it was opened. Source: City of Minneapolis Flickr account

The City of Minneapolis is bringing a great wealth of historical images and film to life online. MPR first brought this story to my attention and provided the link to the City of Minneapolis’ flickr account. Among the fascinating data is a driving video of Interstate 35W before it was open to the public in 1966, lots of bridge construction photos (where’s OSHA when they’re needed), and great shots of the skyline before the buildings I’m familiar with were built. The Hennepin County Library also provides a photo collection with similar old time images. I always find it interesting to look back and see how much things have changed. The advertisements/billboards in particular are quite different. Makes me wonder what people will be thinking in 50 or 100 years when they look back at photos of today.

 

Lowry Avenue Bridge 1905.  Source: City of Minneapolis Flickr

Lowry Avenue Bridge 1905. Source: City of Minneapolis Flickr

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