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Minnehaha Falls

3/4 of the Frozen Foursome visited Minnehaha Park, making the short hike down to the falls. The park was established in 1889, when the city of Minneapolis bought the area on behalf of the State of Minnesota. At the time, only New York had established a state park. Currently, the park includes 170 acres.

Minnehaha Creek flows 22 miles from Lake Minnetonka to the Mississippi River, near Fort Snelling. The main attraction is the 53′ waterfall, which is the most photographed site in Minnesota. The name Minnehaha comes from the Dakota word for waterfall.

Minnehaha Falls was a favorite subject of early photographers, but the falls gained international fame in 1855 when Henry Wordsworth Longfellow published his celebrated poem, The Song of Hiawatha.


Hiawatha & Minnehaha statue alongside Minnehaha Creek

In the poem, Wordsworth tells the fictional tale of the Ojibwe warrior Hiawatha and his love for the Dakota woman Minnehaha. Wordsworth never visited the falls, but was inspired by Alexander Hesler’s daguerreotype of the falls.


Alexander Hesler’s daguerreotype of Minnehaha Falls, 1852