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Whether it’s the rich Scandinavian roots of Minneapolis, or the French and Irish past of St. Paul, the Twin Cities feature a depth of historic and cultural sites.
Built in 1896 to move ships and barges carrying iron ore and taconite from mines in the Mesabi Range to points around the world, the Edna G. Tugboat performed her last tow in 1980.
She became the last coal-fired, steam-engine tug service on the Great Lakes upon official retirement in 1981.
Today, the Edna G. is a museum, open for tours. You’ll find the Edna G. about seven blocks south of US Highway 61 via Waterfront Drive, along the shore of Agate Bay in northern Minnesota.
Built in 1875, Minnehaha Depot is a historic railroad once servicing passengers traveling from Chicago into the Twin Cities area. This once-bustling railroad hub in St. Paul is located along Highway 55, near the Minnehaha Park in South Minneapolis.
Today, the Depot is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society and operated by the Minnesota Transportation Museum. Given its historical significance, the depot is a contributing property to the Minnehaha Historic District.
One of many historic structures in the Twin Cities, the Cathedral of Saint Paul was built on Cathedral Hill in 1915.
At 186 feet tall, the cathedral is America's fourth tallest cathedral and the third largest completed church in America.
The cathedral was designed by Emmanuel Louis Masqueray, a French Beaux-Arts architect.
St. Paul visitors frequently enjoy free tours of the cathedral and its surrounding grounds.
A must-see historical Twin Cities landmark, the Stone Arch Bridge was built by railroad executive, James J. Hill, in 1883.
The bridge can be found in downtown Minneapolis – below the Saint Anthony Falls, and between the Interstate 35 Saint Anthony Falls Bridge and 3rd Avenue Bridge.
The bridge measures 2,100 feet long and 28 feet wide – and features 23 arches spanning the Mississippi River.
Once the railroad traffic ceased in 1965, the bridge became a pedestrian bridge and has since hosted many fun city events and festivals – including the annual Fourth of July fireworks show.
Head to the Alexander Ramsey House in St. Paul. As the former home of Alexander Ramsey, the first governor of Minnesota, the Alexander Ramsey House is now a historical monument, offering guided tours and standing as a tribute to Victorian architecture. Make the drive in from Plymouth or Saint Cloud for a visit.