Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:30AM
Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour
Mill City Museum and Xcel Energy are partnering on a series of walking tours highlighting the story of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to an operating power plant. During the early 20th century, more than two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the water power from St. Anthony Falls. Today there is just one left: Xcel Energy's Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant. On this tour, a Mill City Museum guide will lead participants to Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, including special access to the power plant. Along the way, participants will learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls for flour milling, sawmilling and hydroelectricity, the role of hydroelectricity in Xcel Energy's green energy and energy efficiency initiatives and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront. Tours depart from 125 Main Street SE (at the green awning between Pracna on Main and the Aster Cafe). The tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces. Hennepin Island Hydropower Tours are presented by Xcel Energy.