Little Falls, Minnesota: Recognized as the Community "Where the Mississippi Pauses…"
Little Falls is rich with Native American history, American Settler’s history, Aviation history, and now true community involvement.
Along with its natural beauty along the Mississippi River and its historical significancy, Little Falls is a community rich with a prosperous business district, countless attractions, and a down-home feel. From shopping to dining, and with well over 250 businesses, you will be pleasantly surprised at what our community has to offer. The LFBA encourages you to Shop-Live-Work Local. Keeping community earned dollars and resources within the community benefits all who call Little Falls home.
A Quick Glance into the History of Little Falls
Located in the heart of Minnesota (near the geographic center), Little Falls was formally established in 1848 due to its natural waterfall and river resources. It is one of the oldest European-American cities in the state, and gets its name directly from the falls that attracted settlers. Prior to European settlers developing the area into the town of Little Falls, native inhabitants of the Ojibwa, Dakota and Winnebago also revered the falls as a gathering place and a resource.
Throughout the town’s history several different lock and dam systems have been constructed, each replacing the other. The dam provided power for sawmills in the 19th century and today operates as a hydroelectric station, still generating power for the surrounding area.
In the area of aviation history, Little Falls is famous for being the boyhood home of Charles A. Lindbergh, an internationally renowned aviator and environmentalist. Lindbergh is recognized as making the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic ocean, going from New York to Paris, a feat he accomplished in 1927. The Lindbergh family summer house, with original artifacts and 17 adjacent acres, remains a popular destination for local residents, aviation enthusiasts, and area visitors.
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