InterContinental Minneapolis - St. Paul Airport
The Gangster Era
Famous for housing notorious public enemies of the 1930's, Saint Paul offers a variety of tours and exhibits featuring such villains as John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly, Alvin "Creepy" Karpis and the Barker gang.
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Though Minnesota is called 'The Land of 10,000 Lakes', it actually has 11,842 lakes that are atleast 10 acres or more in area and 21,871 lakes that are atleast 2.5 acres or more in area. It also has 6,564 natural rivers and streams that flow 69,200 miles in the state. Thanks to these numerous lakes, rivers and streams, Minnesota has about 90,000 miles of shoreline, which is more than the shoreline of California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
Industrial mills began to appear along the Mississippi River near Saint Anthony Falls in the early 19th century. Utilizing the natural water power provided by the falls, the area quickly made Minneapolis the milling center of the upper Midwest. Within decades, the riverfront was literally lined with flour mills - including future corporate giants General Mills and Pillsbury. At its zenith, Minneapolis’ Mill District was the largest producer of flour in the world.