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A Stump For Powderhorn

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Hidden : 11/28/2010
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A Stump For Powderhorn

This cache is a stump speach promoting Powderhorn Park and includes historical facts, photos and gift certificates from local businesses. First to Find reward is a $20 gift certificate to Jakeeno's Pizza. Hope you enjoy the wonders of Powderhorn Park as much as we do.

Powderhorn Park was a wetland surrounded by oak savannas. In 1839, army surveyors sketched approximate boundaries of the lake, and this drawing prompted officials at Fort Snelling to name the lake "Powderhorn," after an animal tusk used to hold 19gunpowder.

In the 1910s and 1920s, the Sears Roebuck Company encouraged individual homeownership and small apartment construction. Consumers could order a fully-furnished home or four-plex using the infamous Sears catalog and pay for it in installments. Large tracts of south Minneapolis contain thousands of these houses and small apartment buildings.

After a dredging project in the early 1920s, Powderhorn Park raised surrounding land values, and financially permitted apartment building construction around the Park’s periphery—just blocks from the popular Lake Street and Chicago Avenue trolley lines
Powderhorn Park facility in the northwestern part of the neighborhood which includes Powderhorn Lake, plus playing fields, playgrounds and a park building that hosts community education classes ranging from pottery to yoga.

Approximately 9,000 people live in Powderhorn Park. According to the 2000 Census, 42% of the population is white, 22% each black and Hispanic, and 5% each Asian and Native American. Along Lake Street, numerous new and existing Hispanic and African businesses emphasize the area's diversity.

The park and lake are used as the setting for the last act in the city's annual May Day parade (actually occurring on the first Sunday in May), which is a play in motion that has been put on by the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre since 1975. Parade participants wear a variety of costumes, and many manipulate giant puppets, all to produce a story that is based on sociopolitical themes including peace, environmentalism, current events, and others.

In 2009 a group of residents started that documents, through photography, the day-to-day life of the neighborhood.

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