This walk started from a restaurant. The route map said this area of Minneapolis is full of churches and bars. I have pictures of churches, didn't worry about the bars.
The first thing I saw as I walked along University Avenue NE was another Little Free Library.
This area of Minneapolis is very much a working class neighborhood. In the 19th century it was where the immigrants from Central Europe settled, being unwelcome in the areas where the New England money type people lives. (In fact, right I am reading the book, Stillwater, by Nicole Helget. Helget has her characters who have lived in the Minnesota territory for their lifetime speak about their resentment of the New England money types arriving now in the mid-1830s, telling everyone else what to do.)
My walk route took me past Holy Cross Church.
The route took me past the church where I saw the steeple of a different church.
The map said I was entering the Arts District. Don't know if other cities have these, but there is also one in Saint Paul. These are places where rents are low and it's possible for artists to find less expensive places to live and less expensive places for work or galleries. What was in the windows of the shops made the next few blocks an interesting stroll.
In this area I found two interesting murals.
Here's part of another one -- I could only get part for there was nowhere to stand to take a photo of the entire mural.
In the distance I could see another church spire -- and I had to remind myself I wasn't in Central Europe, for it surely looked like it.
And before leaving this location -- now Mass is said here in Spanish! How's that for a reflection of the changing times.
Soon in the distance I could see a large building:
The next destination on the route was Boom Island. Heard about this place many times but never have been there. First, I learned it is no longer an island. One of the channels of the Mississippi River became silted shut and so Boom Island is firmly attached to Nordeast Minneapolis. Boom Island apparently got its name from the numerous pulley systems that were here in the heyday of lumbering. The pulleys were used to remove logs from the river and then move them along to the sawmill.
Much of it is parkland.
Soon I came to a bridge.
First I came into an area of old houses.
Another group was a bit more like their original colors.
Soon I was walking around the Nicollet Island Pavilion.
The walk route then took me a bit further east to the Water Works Park. I followed a path back to a view of the St. Anthony Falls.
Next I walked up some stairs to 2nd Street and along to the Ard Godfrey House.
Then my route took me downhill back to the bridge over the river channel, along the river again and then back through Boom Island. From Boom Island it was a long 2K or so through a residential area without anywhere to sit down for minute. Enjoyed this walk very much and amazed I could walk 17K in two days. Not too bad for a grandmother of four!