Here Are The Oldest Photos Taken In Minneapolis And They’re Incredible

The city of Minneapolis was officially recognized in 1856 as a town within the territory of Minnesota. After Minnesota became a state in 1858, the city of Minneapolis grew and eventually merged with the town of Saint Anthony in 1872, making our city’s perimeter what it is known as today. With the popularity and accessibility of the camera in the mid to late 1800s, photographers were able to capture some of the most incredible photos of Minneapolis as it was being built. Between the mid-1800s and early 1900s the first photos of Minneapolis were shot and archived to share with the rest of the world and they’re absolutely stunning.

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With the help of the Minnesota Historical Society, The Library of Congress, and the Old Minneapolis Facebook Page, these historical photos are something everyone should see!

Minneapolis sure has transformed completely in the past 160 years. Do you have access to any historic photos of Minneapolis? We’d love to see them! Share them with us in the comments below!

If you love learning about the exciting and vibrant history of Minneapolis, read This Is What Minneapolis Looked Like 100 Years Ago And It May Surprise You.