Continued from Part 1...
As we walked down the stairs, we came to the historical marker for the Selby Streetcar Tunnel.
|Historical photo of the streetcar|
|Susan Medlin continuing down the trail.|
You can see how steep the grade is (16%)
|The tunnel exited just below the cathedral.|
As we headed toward the Xcel Energy Center, I found a quote in the cement. Here it is...not sure I agree with it because it wasn't exactly quiet at this off-ramp from the freeway, and what is the scent of concrete, anyway?
|Xcel Energy Center|
|St. Paul's downtown skyline|
|The Landmark Center, corner of 5th & Market|
|Landmark Center arches (Susan on the bench|
waiting for me to take photos)
[CORRECTION UPDATE: Thank you to the Twin Cities Volksmarch Club who used my blog in their fourth quarter newsletter. They found an error in my identification of the building in the photo below and sent the following message. "NOTE: Some eagle-eyed editors noticed that the building blocked by the skyway noted in the article is actually the Cathedral and not the State Capitol." I really appreciate your editors for catching this! And it's good to know they're not blocking the view of the Capitol.]
|Oops, you blocked the view! But it's not the|
Capitol, it's the Cathedral in this photo.
|A pretty pedestrian mall downtown.|
|Church of the Assumption - Catholic|
Romanesque Revival Church built 1870-74
(across the street from Mickey's Dining Car)
|Susan outside the dining car.|
|Inside the dining car. Photo was taken from our table.|
|The rules sign in the dining car.|
The temperature outside was in the high 80s by this time with high humidity. A break to sit down and eat in air-conditioned comfort, replenish our water, and use the restroom was a most welcome respite from the heat. The food gave us the energy to make it through the rest of the walk.
|F. Scott Fitzgerald mural|
|Central Presbyterian Church -|
Richardsonian Romanesque built
|Church of St. Louis, King of France|
First, we stopped at the Minnesota Workers' Memorial Garden. "This memorial is dedicated to all Minnesotans that [sic] have given their lives in the workplace.."
|Very large mural dedicated to all types of workers.|
|More of the mural.|
|Quote from "Freedom's Plow"|
|Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial|
|Where women started out|
|What women aspire to|
|A cover of "Life" magazine memorialized.|
|Minnesota state capitol|
However, I looked farther down the hill and saw a bunch of boulders spread out in a random design and my curiosity was piqued.
I headed down to see what that was about. It is part of a walkway dedicated as a military family tribute. (I admit, we were killing time looking at all the outside memorials. The next guided tour of the Capitol was scheduled for noon and we had 45 minutes until then.)
The boulders are called "Story Stones" which are excerpts from a letter from a serviceman to a member of their family. Some of the quotes are quite telling about the war they were in or how they were feeling when they received a letter from loved ones. Here are a few...
From the Story Stones, we meandered over to the Korean War Memorial.
|Korean War Memorial|
|Korean War Memorial|
|Me paying my respects to the|
|Susan with the big sculpture|
|Capital Mall area|
|Pretty posies - dusty miller and purple petunias|
|The Quadriga (more on that in Part 3 of today's blog)|
|Things are looking up!|