Book Review: Uptown Minneapolis

Imboden, Thatcher. Phillips, Cedar Imboden. Images of America: Uptown Minneapolis. Arcadia Publishing. 2004.
This book is part of the Arcadia Publishing Images of America series. It’s a quick read – it’s essentially all photos with captions. I really enjoyed reading about the evolution of Uptown. Anyone who regularly visits uptown will find the history of the Hennepin-Lake business district interesting. The book uses historical images arranged in roughly chronological order to trace the development and redevelopment of the area. It tells about the ill-fated West High School, the several bath houses that used to be along Lake Calhoun, the nearly forgotten ice harvesting and horse stabling businesses in the area, and the other local businesses that have existed in the area throughout the years.
While I learned a lot from the book, at times it seemed a little light on details. Also, for such a short book, quite a few of the photos felt like fill material. Still, it’s a quick & enjoyable way to learn more about the history of Uptown.

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