20 Interesting Buildings in the Twin Cities

DSCN1199This list started out as a Top Ten, until I realized very quickly that narrowing it down to ten was downright impossible. Even 20 was difficult. There are so many, really. I thought about doing it by specifying only commercial buildings, or churches, or residential homes, but I didn’t want to exclude any. I lived in Minneapolis for 5 years and always thought the buildings were cool, but only recently have I come to truly appreciate the diversity of the unique architecture of the Twin Cities. Here are 20 unique buildings found around Minneapolis/St. Paul. Continue reading

Soudan Underground Mine, Soudan, MN

107_3475I had been wanting to visit this place for years and finally had the chance this past June on a camping trip to Ely with my girlfriend.  Soudan is a small town between the Iron Range and the Boundary Waters about 20 minutes from Ely, MN.  It is famous for the Soudan Underground Mine State Park, which allows visitors to take a tour of one of the deepest iron mines in North America. Continue reading

Seppmann Windmill, Mankato, MN

DSCN1659Many of Minnesota’s State Parks do a nice job of preserving historic sites, landmarks, structures, and other points of interest. Down in Minneopa State Park in Mankato, MN there is a good example of one of them. Here we find the Seppmann Mill, the remains of a windmill built by a German immigrant dating back to 1862. Continue reading

Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN

 2013-08-18 14.50.10According to Wikipedia, Lakewood Cemetery in south Minneapolis is “considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the country.”  You can’t help but agree when you drive through the hilly, wooded space that almost feels more like a nature preserve than a final resting place for who’s who of Minneapolis. Continue reading