Whose view? From where? — May 2016

Three respondents correctly identified this month's view taken from one of the most heavily visited regional parks in the metro area, but no one identified the precise location.

Ronald Edlund came closest, suggesting "the Third Avenue Bridge taken from across the street from old Pracna on Main in Minneapolis."

This picture indeed features the Third Avenue/Central Avenue Bridge, but was shot across the street from Wilde Roast Cafe, about a block northwest of Pracna. Look closely and you can see the Stone Arch Bridge and the Guthrie Theater in the distance. 

David Schmidt also recognized the bridge, as well as the Gold Metal Flour sign and power poles from the stream plant in the background, but didn't quite nail the vantage point. Likewise, Brian Nerbonne recognized both the featured bridge as well as the small section of the Stone Arch Bridge in the background, but suggested it was snapped from the nearby Nicollet Island, "near the pavilion, one of the nicest event venues in the Twin Cities."*

We don't usually highlight semi-incorrect responses, but found it interesting that each respondent thought the photo was taken from a different spot, in spite of familiarity with this beloved riverfront stretch. The Central Riverfront Regional Park (soon to be renamed the St. Anthony Falls Regional Park) is a place with many contrasts, including historic buildings, iconic bridges, the lock and dam, power generation and transmission, a thriving neighborhood, arts and entertainment district, and of course, the great Mississippi River.

About “Whose view? From where?”

Each month in this section, we feature a photo somewhere along the river corridor in the Twin Cities that is in some way significant or important or just plain scenic. Individuals may then email us and identify the view and explain why they believe it is significant to the community or important to them personally. We'll publish some of your responses in the next issue of Mississippi Messages, where we will also reveal the correct answer.

* We couldn't agree more, Brian. We're looking forward to holding our annual Evening Celebrating the River at the Nicollet Island Pavilion this October. Details will be announced in upcoming Mississippi Messages.    

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