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Construction of the City Hall and Courthouse building was a feat to say the least. Huge blocks of granite -- some weighing as much as 26 tons each -- were transported by train from Ortonville, Minnesota. The downtown Minneapolis landscape also has changed significantly since the building's inception in the late 1800s. As time has passed and events have occurred, the building has endured as a lasting icon for Minneapolis and Hennepin County. Peruse the historic photo archive for a look into the founding and life of the City Hall and Courthouse as well as some close-ups of key building features.


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Hennepin Avenue Suspension Bridge.  
The predecessor to the present Hennepin Avenue bridge, the early suspension bridge connecting what is now downtown to St. Anthony. Clock Tower Bell Carillon.  
Another celebrated feature of the City Hall and Courthouse is the carillon of 15 bells. At the time of installation, they were heralded to be the most finely pitched bells in the nation, if not the world. They are still chimed on all official holidays and other special occasions. Aerial View of City Hall and Courthouse from the East.  
The clock tower of the City Hall and Courthouse can be seen against the background of the University of Minnesota campus in the foreground. Father of Waters.  
Mississippi, or the Father of Waters as he is better known, has graced the rotunda of City Hall and Courthouse since 1904. Sculpted from the largest piece of marble taken from the famed Carrara quarries in Italy, he weighs over 14,000 pounds.
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