Poet extraordinaire, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, gave us ‘The Song of Hiawatha’ in his legendary epic poem.
Norwegian sculptor, Jacob Fjelde, captured the love of Hiawatha and Minnehaha in his renowned sculpture. Originally created for the Minnesota Building for the duration of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, the statue of the couple is now situated in perpetuity atop Minnehaha Falls in Minnehaha Regional Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Over wide and rushing rivers
In his arms he bore the maiden;
Light he thought her as a feather,
As the plume upon his head-gear;
Cleared the tangled pathway for her,
Bent aside the swaying branches,
Made at night a lodge of branches,
And a bed with boughs of hemlock,
And a fire before the doorway
With the dry cones of the pine-tree.”
We’ve learned so much about the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair through our studies and travels, as well as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of our favorite poets. (We actually have a cat named after one of Longefellow’s most romanticized heroines… Evangeline.)
Minnehaha Falls is a Minneapolis Regional Park. However, it is also a unit of the National Park Service, located in an area designated as the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.
So, not only do you have a beautiful park and a gorgeous waterfall to enjoy, but you have a National Park Unit, and plenty of language, literature, and American Culture and History!
Put all that together, and Minnehaha Falls is a definite MUST-SEE for any Minneapolis Travel Itinerary with the Kids!
Such a great way to spend the day!
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