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Stillwater a walking tour of downtown, MN
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Stillwater a walking tour of downtown, MN 
Stillwater a walking tour of downtown, MN
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2016
Hiking5.00 Miles 50 AEG
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A walking tour of Downtown Stillwater, MN
In September of 1837, the US government signed treaties with the Ojibwa and Dakota Nations for the rights to settle the Saint Croix Valley. Settlers to the area were drawn by the immense forests and the potential river traffic and soon Stillwater was born. Stillwater was always ment to be a lumber town, logs were floated down the St. Croix to the large lumber mills that sprang up along the shores of the river and soon railroads followed and the river boats brought in more settlers weekly.

Stillwater today still clings to the past with many of the buildings along the main street, known as the St, Croix Trail, still carry names and dates from more than a century ago. The downtown area is almost like a step back in time, although it's a bustling city of more than 18,000 residents. The stores, the shops, the eateries and taverns call to people from all over to tour one of Minnesota's oldest cities.

I called a couple of long-time friends and told them to meet me for lunch in Stillwater where we could share a cold beer, chew on some munchies and re-live some of the fun times from a few years ago. I arrived in town well ahead of the lunch hour to walk the streets and riverside, to take some photos of this historic area and enjoy the summer weather. A two-lane lift bridge that carries traffic between Minnesota and Wisconsin is scheduled to retire after more than 85 years of continuous service, the old bridge will be converted to foot and bicycle traffic, a big relief after carrying a current average of 18,000 vehicles per day. The new bridge, still being constructed, is scheduled to open in 2017 and is visible just a short distance down river.

A dense fog was just lifting above the high banks of the St. Croix Valley, cutting off the sunrise. I enjoyed the opportunity to take some distance shots with a new 200 mm lens that I recently bought but the remaining fog limited the long distance shots. It wasn't long, however, before the intensity of the early sun burned off the remaining fog and it was turning out to be a beautiful late summer day.

When my friends arrived, we settled in at the Freight House tavern, selecting a table on the outside deck under the branches of a shade tree and with views of the St.Croix River Valley. Our newest friend, Jess, waited on our table and made sure we didn't run out of food or drink. Good times with good friends.... it just don't get any better... :y:
On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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