"Shoe City" Red Wing by yooperprof
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An industrial town that offers a glimpse into the early history of Minnesota, Red Wing is a pleasant river town a short drive from the Twin Cities. As a Mississippi port town, Red Wing was for a brief the most important wheat depot in the USA. Later it re-invented itself as an center for manufacturing and services. Red Wing is unusually interesting and unusually well-preserved, with a beautiful historic district which is both commercial and cultural in orientations. Those of you who are interested in small town America should definitely consider a stop in Red Wing.
There is a dramatic bend in the Mississippi at Red Wing - it's said that the river takes the bend north of the town is the sharpest navigable turn on the entire river. Also, an island in the middle of the river narrows the width of the water and makes it more "tamable." Long before Euro-man came to this region, the local Dakota people had chosen this site as an important settlement.
The first white settlements occurred here in the 1850s, and by 1870 Red Wing had a permanent population of over 4000.
"Where all the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and the children above-average."
The folks in Red Wing have been unusually resourceful. First wheat-trading, then flour milling, then manufacturing (shoes and pottery) have all been important components of the local economy. Now Red Wing is taking advantage of its relative proximity to the big Twin Cities to market itself as a weekend holiday "getaway" from the pressures of the metropolis. Small town America does have its charms when it is well-preserved and prosperous as Red Wing.
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