True confessions. I often put filler titles in when I’m setting up the posts, mostly because I can’t remember the official name of something and don’t have time to look it up. But these really are those famous falls. Or were, once upon a time.
If you are around my mom and mention Hiawatha, she will immediately say, “On the shores of Gitchee Gumee/Of the Shining Big Sea Water” And that’s because that’s the start of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem “The Song of Hiawatha“. You know that poem, right? I sure do. I sure haven’t read it, though. It’s really long. I feel like maybe it needs a campfire and no devices to distract you to get all the way through it.
In re-reading all the Betsy-Tacy books, these same famous falls were a kind of calling card for Betsy in the book Betsy and the Great World. No one in Europe in 1913 knew where Minneapolis was, but everyone had heard of Minnehaha Falls.
So that’s where we are! Minnehaha Falls!
From the top.
Statue by Jacob Fjelde of Hiawatha and Minnehaha. There was controversy back in 1902. You can read all about it.
Here are the falls.
And here is our self-portrait.