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Cataract: 1905

Cataract: 1905

Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota, circa 1905. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Minnehaha Sings

Not only Dvorak. My pop-infused memory immediately brought up Fanny Brice's 1921 recording of her Ziegfeld Follies song "I'm An Indian," with music by Leo Edwards and lyrics by Blanche Merrill. Brice's lead-in dialog begins, "I'm Minnehaha." "Minnie who?" "Minnehaha!" "Ha-haaaa!" For those truly curious, the recording is here.


Apparently Antonin Dvorak was inspired to write his "New World" Symphony and other works after seeing Minnehaha Falls.

Watch yer step

The old ranger in me is worried about that unsupported stanchion and missing sections of railing.

Also, it seems to be a bit of pavement has gone astray. Where's the yellow Caution tape? That last step's a doozy.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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