This Acrylic Fridge Magnet Shows Minneapolis, Minnesota's Stone Arch Bridge At Night
A Minneapolis landmark, the Stone Arch Bridge is a historic railroad bridge which crosses the Mississippi River near St. Anthony Falls. The Falls form the heart of the city's historic district - it was here that the first Euro-American inhabitants harnessed the power of the river to grind flour in their mills and worked the system of locks that allowed boats to bypass the cascades. The Bridge has twenty one stone spans and was opened in 1883 for the Great Northern Railway, and was used in that capacity until 1978. After several decades lying unused, the Bridge was reconfigured for the use of pedestrians and cyclists, giving beautiful views of the Mississippi and the Falls. It is maintained by the city as a park and is used as the focal point for many of the community's celebrations, including its Fourth of July Independence Day celebratory fireworks, and the annual Festival of Arts on Father's Day in mid-June.
Minneapolis and St. Paul Are Sister Cities Across the Mississippi River.
The mighty Mississippi River flows across the center of the United States, forming both the oldest artery of trade int he Heartlands and also a convenient divide in the nation's culture between the "East" and the "West." In many states, the Mississippi formers the state's border, but in Minnesota, as the river winds its way from its ultimate source in Lake Itasca, it cuts across the state. It serves as the diver between the state's largest city - Minneapolis - and its capital St Paul, which today form a single metropolitan area. Suitably, the area is called the "Twin Cities" and is the 16th largest metropolis in the United States, with over 3.3 million inhabitants. Minneapolis is the younger and more "American" of the two cities, with skyscrapers and a focus on international business, while St. Paul is the more sedate "European" side of the river, with older buildings and charming neighborhoods.