Whittier Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Whittier neighborhood walk connects the past with the present via the principle source of wealth in Minneapolis’s early days: flour. The mansions, Washburn Fair Oaks Park, and even the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) are all the beneficiaries of the affluence created by the Mill Cities’ founders.
They moved here, far south of downtown, to escape the grimy and filthy Mississippi River. Early in the 20th century, the urban blight they left behind had caught up with them—and the majority of the wealthy moved farther from the city’s core. No longer strictly a bastion of the well-to-do, Whittier is home to a diverse group of immigrants, working class, middle class, young people, artists, and, of course, the few residents remaining in historic mansions."