Marcy-Holmes History Tour: Hiding in Plain Sight

Explore the Oldest Neighborhood in Minneapolis online or with this free mobile app.

The 24 historical sites in this tour tell stories of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood—what was once the town of Saint Anthony Falls—from 1849 through the early twentieth century. Historical information was drawn from Penny Petersen’s 1999 book, "Hiding in Plain Sight: Minneapolis’ First Neighborhood" and the stops on the tour correspond with the 24 bronze sculptures lining the neighborhood's 6th Ave. Gateway.

Read brief stories and view images about each historical site, or put on your headset to be taken on the tour by neighborhood residents, business owners and friends.

• Visit the 24 historical sites (about 3 miles to see all)
• Stroll or roll through the open-air gallery of bronze sculptures (a 2-block stretch of 6th Avenue SE)

View the tour or download the app for free

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Latitude: 44.981245 Longitude: -93.249944 Elevation: 804 ft
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Length of Walking Tour

2 blocks or 3 miles

Best Starting Point

The Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Gateway on 6th Ave. SE, not far from the Stone Arch Bridge, one of the first railroad bridges across the Mississippi. 

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Gateway

Accessibility Notes

The mobile app can be used either visually or aurally. The tour route is accessible by wheeled device.

Pet Friendly Notes

This neighborhood loves dogs.

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