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The lost history of Minnehaha Falls includes dance halls, secret saloons, wild behavior, lawsuits and whiskey. Join historian Karen Cooper for a 1 mile walk as she tours the places in Minnehaha Park where all this mayhem occurred a hundred years ago. Crooks, landowners, saloon owners, and hoteliers went to the Falls to turn a profit or to raise a little ruckus. The conflict between moral upright society and the dissipated partiers at the Falls is a fascinating and forgotten story.

This in-person walking tour is limited to 25 participants, along with our guide and HHM staff members. Please register in advance.

Cost: $14 General Admission/ $12 Senior & Student/ $10 HHM Members


Hennepin History Museum Walking Tour Policies:

  • Weather: Outdoor walking tours will proceed rain or shine unless there is lightning in the area
  • Pets: Nonservice animals prohibited.
  • Tobacco use: Tobacco products or vaping prohibited.
  • Refunds: Cancellations made more than 24 hours prior to the walking tour are eligible for a refund (minus processing charges) or may be exchanged for another tour. Cancellations received within 24 hours of departure, no shows, or late arrivals are not eligible for refunds or exchanges.


HHM Members: Enter your membership promo code for access to $10 member tickets. Email membership@hennepinhistory.org with questions. Not yet a member? Join today!

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