Few People Know Minnesota Was Home To The First Indoor Mall In America

Sure, plenty of folks have heard of the Mall of America, but fewer people know that one Minnesota shopping mall was the first – and is the oldest – indoor mall in America. Southdale Center, in Edina, opened in 1956, and at the time, it was the first fully-enclosed, climate-controlled shopping center – i.e., mall – in the United States.

Of Minnesota’s many firsts, the indoor shopping mall has had one of the greatest impacts on American society. You’re welcome.

Are there other Minnesota firsts that may have had a bigger impact outside the state? Scotch tape? Post-It Notes? Let us know in the comments.

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Address: Southdale Center, 10 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435, USA