Free Downtown walking tours

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June 13, 2005 // UPDATED 1:55 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Scott Russell
Scott Russell

The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission is having a series of free, guided walking tours this summer, including several in and around Downtown.

The tours do not require reservations, but tour sizes are limited. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and are available 20 minutes before the tour starts.

Upcoming tours include:

- Wednesday, June 15: Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse, noon-1 p.m. Meet at the Father of Waters statue in the atrium for a lunchtime tour of a city landmark. Cosponsored by the Municipal Building Commission.

- July 9: Loring Park neighborhood, 1-3 p.m. Meet at the Ole Bull statue at Willow Street & Yale Place. Tour includes stories behind familiar and little-known landmarks, spires of Downtown churches and the Harmon Place Historic District. Guide: Steve Trimble.

- July 20: Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse, noon-1 p.m. Meet at the Father of Waters statue in the atrium. Cosponsored by the Municipal Building Commission.

- July 23: Warehouse District, 1-3 p.m. Meet at the lobby of Butler Square, 518 1st Ave. N. Tour the city's largest commercial historic district, which was the a major jobbing center in the upper Midwest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Guide: Rolf Anderson

- July 30: Elliot Park, 1-3 p.m. Meet at the Elliot Park Recreation Center, 1000 E. 14th St. Tour the area that emerged as the first residential neighborhood in Downtown Minneapolis in the late 19th Century. Stops include North Central University, the row houses of the 9th Street South Historic District and a restored 1930s diner. Guide: David Fields.

- Aug. 17: Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse, noon-1 p.m. Meet at the Father of Waters statue in the atrium. Cosponsored by the Municipal Building Commission.

- Aug. 21: Southeast 5th Street, 1-3 p.m. Meet at 319 SE 5th St. Stroll the city's oldest neighborhood and listen to stories of lumber barons and flour millers who built the homes and founded the town of St. Anthony more than 150 years ago. Guide: Penny Petersen.

For additional information on tours in other parts of the city, see www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/hpc and click on "walking tours," or call 673-2996.