Scenic Overlook

Just beyond the easternmost Indian Mound, there is a scenic outlook that gives a nice view of Mississippi River below. In 1954 The Geological Society of Minnesota and the city of Saint Paul placed a plaque on a limestone structure that gives a brief summary of the area’s geology.

It points out that the steep slopes of the park were caused by the channeling of the River Warren, which drained historic Lake Agassiz as the glaciers melted. The massive flow of water created the broad valleys that now contain the Minnesota River and the Mississippi River below Fort Snelling. This spot in Indian Mounds Park sits on the northeastern edge of the valley where the Mississippi turns to the south.

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Indian Mounds Park

Indian Mounds Park

Two women seated overlooking the Mississippi River Photographer: Charles P. Gibson Date: Approximately 1910 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

View of the Mississippi River

View of the Mississippi River

From Indian Mounds Park Date: Approximately 1908 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

View of Mississippi, municipal dock and railroad yards

View of Mississippi, municipal dock and railroad yards

From Indian Mounds Park, looking downstream with Steamer Capitol in the distance. Painting by: Miss Edna Georgianna Margaret Kahlert Date: June 25, 1936 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

View of Mississippi

View of Mississippi

From near the scenic overlook in Indian Mounds Park Date: August, 2013 Photo by: Kimmy Tanaka View File Details Page

Scenic Overlook

Scenic Overlook

In Indian Mounds Park Date: August, 2013 Photo by: Kimmy Tanaka View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Steve Trimble, “Scenic Overlook,” Saint Paul Historical, accessed July 23, 2017, http://saintpaulhistorical.com/items/show/185.

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