Saturday, February 14, 2009
Minneapolis has spent most of its history exploding.
In 1878 the Washburn "A" Mill, then the second largest flour mill in Minneapolis, exploded. A spark ignited the seven stories of suspended flour, blowing the lid off the building and destroying a third of Minneapolis's industrial capacity.
The Washburn "A" Mill was rebuilt, better, stronger, faster than before, and ran until the 1960's. In 1991 the building caught fire again. Preservationists took charge of the property and today the Mill City Museum stands on the site.