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Originally populated by Native American tribes and later by French fur traders, the City of Waters provided its settlers with the beauty of the only naturally occurring waterfall on the Mississippi – the Falls of St. Anthony.

The falls were used by settlers to power their lumber and milling industries. Incorporated in 1866, Minneapolis has been a significant center for commerce ever since. The city led the world in flour production until 1930. And its significance as a processing center for wheat made Minneapolis a natural birth place for Cargill, General Mills, and Pillsbury.

Minneapolis is also notable for its medical and financial industry institutions – as well as the largest shopping mall in the United States.

There are more than 25 lakes in the seven-county metropolitan area, yet Minneapolis can also brag that it has been named both the Most Literate as well as the Most Fun city in America. And with more theatre seats and more golfers per capita than most cities in the nation, Minneapolis has something for everyone to enjoy.

Want to stay inside? A system of fully enclosed pedestrian bridges link buildings in downtown Minneapolis and provide a way to get around the city without enduring the cold of winter or the heat of summer.

Home to a number professional sports teams, orchestras, and museums, Minneapolis has it all, inside and out.
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