Dispatches from June 22, 2013
9 AM: Still snoozing.
Noon: Bacon and eggs for lunch with Arthur’s grandma!
3 PM: Finishing up a tour of the Mill City Museum, on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Beautiful view of the river from the top of the Mill City Museum.
This homage to the milling and flour industries is housed in the former Washburn A Mill, which served the Gold Medal Flour company. Pillsbury, its chief competitor, is visible right across the river! The Washburn A Mill was built in 1874, then suffered a flour dust explosion, a subsequent rebuilding, and then a fire. The rubble was cleared enough to build the museum, but evidence of the mill’s various stages remain.
The museum is wonderful, boasting an elevator tour as one of its chief attractions. Sitting in the large wheat grain elevator, we stopped at each of the mill’s eight floors. Audio recordings of former millworkers as well as narration about the history of the industry accompanied exhibits showing various mill equipment and processes.
Other enjoyable exhibits include a baking lab with a full kitchen, in which employees hand out samples of homemade breads and sweets made from historic recipes. The museum also explores various foods (Bisquick, Wheaties, Grands Biscuits) and trends, like Betty Crocker.
6 PM: Relaxing and waiting for dinner after a lovely visit to the Minneapolis Central Public Library.
9 PM: Finishing up a balmy evening walk through through Loring Park.
Recent storms uprooted trees and knocked off branches all over the city. We crawled under this one.
Arthur felt divalicious.