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The Falls

Father Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony
Title: Father Hennepin at the Falls of St. Anthony
Type: Art
Date: ca. 1905
Source: Douglas Volk

Description: American artist Douglas Volk painted this interpretation of Father Hennepin naming the Falls. The painting now hangs in the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul.
Map of the Recession of the Falls
Title: Map of the Recession of the Falls
Type: Map
Date: 1887
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: The Falls receded rather quickly until the late 1800s. This map shows the location of the Falls according to the accounts of the explorers who visited it.
Cross-section of the Apron Over the Falls
Title: Cross-section of the Apron Over the Falls
Type: Diagram
Date: 1883
Source: Colonel F.U. Farquhar

Description: Farquhar, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, created this cross-section of the dike and falls at St. Anthony.
Description of the Geology of the Falls
Title: Description of the Geology of the Falls
Type: Newspaper
Date: 1883
Source: Colonel F.U. Farquhar

Description: Farquhar wrote this description of the waterfall as part of a speech about preserving the Falls.
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St. Anthony Falls, East Side
Title: St. Anthony Falls, East Side
Type: Photograph
Date: 1865
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Photograph of the east side of St. Anthony Falls showing a sawmill in the foreground and the Winslow House in the upper left.
Bird's-eye view of St. Anthony Falls
Title: Bird's-eye view of St. Anthony Falls
Type: Photograph
Date: 1910
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: This 1910 photograph shows the growth of business around the Falls as well as the man-made "apron" that was designed to prevent the Falls from receding any farther.