I wonder if the town still has those nice street lamps?
Note the large, rooftop sign, facing away from the street. Is the river
behind those buildings, the sign meant to attract riverboat riders to the
hotel ? Railroad passengers to the same ?
Little Falls, MN was Charles Lindbergh's childhood home town.
Thanks Erik, I thought that name sounded familiar!
Chris, thanks for the "modern" picture..at least most of the neat old buildings are still intact!
I find it interesting that the buildings in these old photos looked a lot more stately and impressive before “modernization” took place with the removal of the pediments and other architecture from the tops of the building fronts.
I was at the intersection where this photo was taken less than an hour ago. I had to turn right (east) at the intersection to go to the Courthouse to get my tabs for my Dodge truck. The river is just a block to the west. Little Falls has a lot of the turn of the century (20th) buildings still standing. It's an extremely friendly town in Central Minnesota. Major industries have involved logging, paper mills and hard scrabble farming.
To the North just a couple miles from downtown is Camp Ripley, home of the Red Bull's, the 34th Infantry division. Every summer this area is overrun with weekend warriors doing their two weeks of required duty. Highway 10 is busy with one convoy after another and the sky over my house always has a Huey or a Chinook helicopter in it. Every time I hear one of those Huey's overhead the hair on the back of my neck stands up on end.
Several of the The Red Bull units have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Last summer I had the honor of meeting the Camp Commander and the Command Sergeant Major. Both are career soldiers and decorated veterans.
And this ends my dissertation on Little Falls, Minnesota and the surrounding area.
I'm surprised at you. You see a rooftop sign that is clearly directed at your favorite thing in the world, the freeway, and you don't recognize it.
Ah, ... I forgot about the freeway ! .... and the vinyl siding mill. A lot
of large vinyl groves stood around Little Falls before the siding mill cut
them all down. Today, the asbestos mine and milling company employs
90% of the townfolk, their primary product being fireproof baby clothing.