Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington

When local enthusiasts wanted to lure major league sports to Minnesota in the 1950s, they made plans to build an outdoor stadium in the cornfields of Bloomington. Metropolitan Stadium—"the Met"— hosted Minnesota's professional baseball, football, and soccer teams until the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome replaced it in 1981.

Color image of Bluff trail at Interstate State Park, 2015. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff.

Bluff trail at Interstate State Park

Bluff trail at Interstate State Park, 2015. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff.

Color image of rock climbers at Interstate State Park, 2014.. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff.

Rock climbers at Interstate State Park

Rock climbers at Interstate State Park, 2014. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff.

Interstate State Park

The Interstate State Park, located on 295 acres in Taylors Falls, is the second-oldest state park in Minnesota. Created in 1895, its unique topography and geological history draw many visitors to the area. It is the first park in the United States to be located in two states, Minnesota and Wisconsin, with the St. Croix River serving as the border. The two parks are operated separately by the states’ Departments of Natural Resources.

Black and white photograph of basketball players, Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2709, Whitewater State Park. Left to right: Joe Lewis, Frederick K. Johnson, and Carl Lund, 1935.

Basketball players, Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2709

Basketball players, Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2709, Whitewater State Park. Left to right: Joe Lewis, Frederick K. Johnson, and Carl Lund, 1935.

Black and white photograph of Eugene McCarthy in a Washington Senators baseball uniform, 1956.

Eugene McCarthy in a Washington Senators baseball uniform

Eugene McCarthy in a Washington Senators baseball uniform, 1956.

Black and white photograph of the arrival of one of the picnic trains of the Dan Patch Electric Line at Antlers Park, c.1912.

“Dan Patch Line” picnic train

Arrival of one of the picnic trains of the Dan Patch Electric Line at Antlers Park, c.1912.

Black and white image of an individual canoeing on Lake Vermilion, 1935.

Canoeing on Lake Vermilion

Canoeing on Lake Vermilion, 1935.

Color image of a hiker on rocky hill in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, October 30, 2007.

Hiker on rocky hill in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Hiker on rocky hill in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, October 30, 2007.

Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park

The Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park occupies over four thousand acres in the far northeast corner of Minnesota. The site contains a historic underground iron mine as well as the fifth largest lake in Minnesota and its surrounding habitat.

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