July 8th, 2008

New Tilley Hat

Hidden Minneapolis: Nicollet Park

Let me clear off some PhotoShop files before I plunge into Convergence cropping. I'll get back to the con in a bit. In the meantime, here is soemthing I've been working on for a while.

Most of the Hidden Minneapolis series so far has been within a few blocks of where I live. Finally, it occurred to me that one of the more interesting and yet obscure parts of the city is literally in my back yard.

Nicollet Park

Here's what I see when I leave my apartment.

Nicollet-Lake branch of Wells Fargo
The Nicollet-Lake branch of the Wells Fargo Bank
looking South

A standard bank in a standard location. But wait! The bank has provided a small green area between the parking lot and the bank building, which is in the center left of the above shot.

Rest area at Wells Fargo Nicollet-Lake
Rest area just outside the bank

But, I hear you asking rhetorically, what is that plaque?
What is that plaque? More pictures and history behind cutCollapse )
It's kind of neat to think that Babe Ruth once spit where my apartment is standing now!

The Millers moved to Metropolitan Stadium in 1956 and folded in 1960 when the Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins in 1961, bringing major league baseball (and eventually two World Series trophies) to the former backwater city. Their crosstown rivals, the St. Paul Saints, also folded in 1960 but were revived as a minor league team in 1993 and are still playing today. But not here.

Added in 2012 Other photos of Nicollet Park are in the public Facebook gallery 20120228 Hennepin History Museum.