Minneapolis October 16, 2017
We Dare You To Take A Road Trip To Minneapolis-Saint Paul’s Most Abandoned Places
Halloween is just around the corner, and there are a ton of ways to celebrate the spooky holiday in the Twin Cities. In two cities with so much history that is constantly evolving, there are definitely parts of Minneapolis and Saint Paul that get left behind, and become abandoned ruins, with not much to offer. If you’re up for a scary adventure, we dare you to take this road trip to Minneapolis-Saint Paul’s Most Abandoned Ruins.
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1. Reservoir Woods Park
We begin our road trip just outside of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, in Reservoir Woods Park. The park spans over 120 acres mostly covered in forest, with only a few trails. On the park's grounds is an abandoned 30 million gallon reservoir that the city of Saint Paul no longer has use for. There's just some eerie feeling in this park. Can you handle it?
2. United Crushers (Minneapolis)
The city of Minneapolis was built on the milling industry which boomed in the 1800s. These days, the ruins of a variety of mills in the city remain. It's illegal to explore inside of United Crushers, since the mill is in disrepair. A few urban explorers have lost their lives within the mill; their spirits wander the grounds and are not at ease. Unfortunately that hasn't stopped others from breaking into United Crushers to graffiti and take photos.
3. Bunge Grain Elevator
Bunge Grain Elevator is located in the Como neighborhood of Minneapolis. Just like United Crushers, it is illegal to explore the interior of the elevator. Explorers have taken photos from the top of the elevator which boast some of the most beautiful images of the Minneapolis skyline, but as recently as 2015, a University of Minnesota student fell to their death, attempting to climb the elevator. Admire the spooky abandoned building from afar; do not risk your life.
4. Mill Ruins
Okay, so Mill Ruins Park isn't entirely abandoned. It sits on the West Bank of the Mississipi River, just off of the Stone Arch Bridge and the Mill City Museum. When this mill exploded in the late 1800s, only ruins were left behind. This park is a part of Minneapolis history and it's perfect for any explorer.
5. Fort Snelling Upper Post
Fort Snelling was once the most important military post in Minnesota. Now, much of it is abandoned, leaving broken down buildings and overgrown grounds behind. There's something chilling about wandering the more secluded parts of Fort Snelling, and only the brave dare to explore.
6. Schmidt Brewery
The Jacob Schmidt Brewery was once one of the powerhouse breweries in Saint Paul. It was originally built as The Cave Brewery, and had been home to several other breweries in the Twin Cities. It has been abandoned since 2002, only to recently have been sold to developers to make the Schmidt Artist Lofts, connected to the historic abandoned brewery.
7. Saint Paul Municipal Grain Terminal
Like we've said before, the Twin Cities were built upon the milling industry. This former six-story grain elevator, also known as the "head house," was built in 1931. It was once set for demolition since the building had fallen into disrepair, but the city of Saint Paul has been committed to shape this building up and the site is now a park, and parts of the building can be used as an event center.
8. Hamm's Brewing Company
Hamm's brewery started making beer in Saint Paul, well before Miller Brewing Company bought them out, abandoning its original brewing site. The old brewery overlooks Swede Hollow, and when the city of Saint Paul acquired some of the brewery grounds, they allowed the ruins to decay and crumble.
Do you think you can handle this abandoned places road trip throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul? We know it’s not for the faint of heart. If you know of other stellar abandoned places in The Twin Cities, please share them in the comments below!
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