President Lyndon B. Johnson visited the falls during a campaign stop, June 27, 1964. At left is Minnesota Governor Karl Rolvaag. Behind the president is Minnesota U.S. Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, whom Johnson would choose as his vice-presidential running mate later that summer.
The fifty-three-foot-high Minnehaha Falls was purchased by Minneapolis in 1889. It was the centerpiece of a new state park. The falls remain one of the state's most popular attractions for both residents and visitors. Their name is derived from the Dakota words mni for "water" and gaga for "falling" or "curling"—literally "water fall."
Charles Morgridge Loring is known as the "Father of Minneapolis Parks." As the first president of the Minneapolis park board, he was the one most responsible for acquiring the city's lakes and their shorelines as parks. Loring Park near downtown Minneapolis is named for him.