Monochrome Mondays

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Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! _MG_3387


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Gold Medal Flour Signs

One of the most famous sights of the Minneapolis, Minnesota skyline is the twin sided Gold Medal Flour signs.  A Wikipedia search provided me with the historical background of the 42 feet wide by 45 feet high signs.  The signs were built in 1910 and originally lit with 1,500 tungsten globes and replaced with neon during a 1945 restoration.

The Washburn Crosby Milling Complex built in 1879, on which the signs rest, is one of three National Historic Landmarks in Minneapolis.  The mill closed in 1965 and the signs sat unlit for over 30 years.  The signs were repaired and relit during a 2000 major rehabilitation project at the cost of $240,000.  In 2003 the mill complex opened as the Mill City Museum which focuses on the founding and growth of Minneapolis.



In The Air

A trip to Mt. Rushmore in June wasn’t complete without driving on the Needles Parkway. The 14 mile road travels through beautiful scenic areas of Custer State Park.  Along the way we made several stops so I could photograph the high granite “needles” that jut into the air.  This particular needle was a popular spot to photograph because of the visible eye of the needle.  I had hoped to capture the sun shining through the eye, but the sun was high and the crowds of people and cars passing by prohibited me from getting just the right angle.