Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota

Minnehaha falls 0217This beautiful waterfall is easily accessible in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis and has a sad legend behind it.

Minnehaha literally means “waterfall”. It is 53 feet high and fed by Minnehaha Creek.

The falls were made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha.  Minnehaha was the fictional lover of Hiawatha, who dies during a harsh winter.

statue 0213These lovers are depicted in Jacob Fjelde’s sculpture Hiawatha and Minnehaha, installed in the park in the early twentieth century.

Take the stairs down to the foot of the falls for a fantastic viewpoint.  Or visit the top of the falls:

top of Minnehaha Falls 2