A military post was established in the area in 1819 which was known as Fort Snelling and this was situated as the confluence of the Mississippi and the Minnesota Rivers. Not long after two towns was established on either side of the falls known as Minneapolis and St. Anthony. In 1872 these two towns merged and became collectively known as Minneapolis. In those early days the primary focus was on sawmills but it did not take very long for flower mills to become the most important industry in this region. This soon led to other infrastructure developments such as railroads and also large banks. Other initiatives such as the Minneapolis grain exchange was established. It did not take long for Minneapolis to become a world leader as far as flour production was concerned. Many of the early cultural influences was established through arts institutions, the University of Minnesota, churches in the area and the park system which was introduced by Theodore Wirth.
Many things happened in this area over the years and in 1968 the Nicollet Mall was constructed. This area was first known as Nicolette Avenue but this was transform into a tree-lined mall used primarily by pedestrians. There is many trees and fountains in this area and it has become famous for the farmers market during the summer months. Likewise the retail industry has seen a lot of growth and in 1974 construction of the IDS Center was completed. This property is 775 feet high which made it the highest building at the time. Many other high-rise properties were added over the next three decades all of which is adding to the economy of the city. There is also the Vikings Stadium which was added in the 1990s. There was a sharp increase in vertical residential housing and especially in the 1970s many new high-rise buildings appeared in those areas which was formerly known as milling districts. Many other high-rise residential properties followed such as the Carlyle residence which is a 41 story building in the Art Deco style.
The Blue line came to the city in 2004 and it is part of the Metro system which starts in downtown Minneapolis and then proceeds along Minnesota State Highway and it also serves the Minneapolis St. Paul international Airport and it reaches its terminal at the Mall of America in Bloomington. This was followed in 2014 by the Green line which connects three distinct destinations such as downtown St. Paul, the University of Minnesota and other areas in the city. People eventually became aware of the fact that the riverfront could be utilized a lot better for things such as working, living and shopping. Many developers obtained property in the area and this was developed with things such as parkways, trails and all of this soon led to private land ownership along the river front which resulted in the new Mill District neighborhood. Minneapolis is a bustling city with a strong economy which is providing many opportunities to its residents.