Saturday, April 4, 2015

Minnesota At Mississippi


At the conjunction of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers is designated park land. Rising above the Minnesota river is the Mendota Bridge (it is nearly silent and one wonders why New York City Bridges are so darn loud). 



Here, there are some very large trees.



A few are big enough to climb into.



And beavers...



...that may bring them down.


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This park is the site of an American policy of extermination, named for Fort Snelling, which looms on the bluff above the river floor. The land at the confluence of the two rivers was spiritually significant to the Dakota people, so it became a tragic irony that many of them should have been impounded here, died here, and ultimately expelled from their land under the gun of European Americans. Be vigilant against the concept of savagery as it is too often used to to conceal one's own.



2 comments:

  1. How far are you from Prairie du Chien, WI?

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    1. Ellen, we're just west of minneapolis.

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