Warehouse District / North Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"With the completion of the transcontinental railroad systems in the 1860s, Minneapolis became an important wholesale trade center for the country. By the early 1920s, more than 300 warehouse businesses, including paper, paint, and farm machinery manufacturers, were located here in Minneapolis, and with these new businesses came lots of money. Some of the greatest architects of the day were hired to design these buildings, and they did so with flair.
The North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis’s Warehouse District features an amazingly intact concentration of late-19th- to early-20th-century commercial buildings, spared from the wrecking ball not from any appreciation of the architecture but simply because the city couldn’t afford to demolish the buildings. Today, these buildings have been converted into remarkable condos, restaurants, and nightclubs. Target Field, home of the Twins baseball team, has influenced the area’s development, especially along the Cedar Lake Trail downtown bicycle path."