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June 15, 2017, Thursday - Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour with the Mill City Museum

Time: 10:30am - Noon

Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour

Future dates: June 29; July 13 and 27; August 10 and 24

Explore the history of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to Xcel Energy's Hennepin Island Hydroelectric Plant. During the early 20th century, more than two dozen mills and hydroelectric plants used the waterpower from St. Anthony Falls, today just one is left. On this tour, a Mill City Museum guide will lead participants to Hennepin Island and Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, including special access to the power plant. Along the way, participants will learn about the historic uses of waterpower at the falls for flour milling, sawmilling and hydroelectricity, the role of hydroelectricity in Xcel Energy's green energy and energy efficiency initiatives and the future of waterpower on the Minneapolis riverfront.

The Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour is presented by Mill City Museum in partnership with Xcel Energy.

All guests must sign a waiver before taking the tour. This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces, as well as climbing up and down several flights of stairs. Some historic locations on this tour are not wheelchair accessible.

Tickets on sale online or at 612-341-7555.