Minneapolis January 14, 2018
11 Things You Didn’t Know About The History Of Minneapolis
Most of us who live here like to think we know Minneapolis pretty well. From restaurants and bars to natural areas and entire neighborhoods, we each have our own favorite spots to spend time. Despite what we know about Minneapolis today, many of us aren’t aware of some of the city’s historic secrets. Read on to learn 11 facts about the history of Minneapolis that you probably didn’t know.
1. Betty Crocker got her start on the radio in 1924. She had her own cooking show recorded at a Minneapolis radio station.
2. Speaking of baking icons, the bundt cake got its start in the City of Lakes in the mid-20th century.
3. A Minneapolis man named Halsey Hall was the first to exclaim "holy cow!" after a baseball home run.
4. The dearly departed Metrodome was the only stadium to host an NFL Superbowl, MLB All-Star Game, NCAA Final Four game,
and a World Series.
5. Speaking of stadiums, the Vikings' new home at U.S. Bank Stadium broke records as one of the most expensive ever, thanks to its $1.1 billion price tag.
6. Minneapolis was home to the first bridge crossing on the Mississippi River. The original bridge is long gone, but you can still see some remains at
First Bridge Park.
7. Everyone's favorite apple was born in Minneapolis. The honeycrisp was released in 1991 after decades of development at the University of Minnesota.
8. Saint Anthony Falls was the only waterfall on the entire Mississippi River. Its beauty attracted tourists in the early 1800s, but it was quickly ruined by industrialization. Today, the collapsed waterfall only exists due to a series of locks and dams.
9. In 1878, the Washburn A Mill - the largest mill in the world - exploded in Minneapolis. Sadly, 18 workers lost their lives, but the tragic event led to overall improvements to mill safety standards.
10. Given the cold climate, it's no wonder the Twin Cities are the birthplace of the world's first furnace thermostat. This one actually happened in St. Paul, but it's so important that we had to include it.
11. Our breakfast lives changed forever when the first-ever pop-up toaster hit the market in 1925. It was invented right here in Minneapolis.
Did you know these facts about the history of Minneapolis? Do you have any others to share? Let us know in the comments down below!