Minnehaha Falls 1914-Inspiration for "The Song of Hiawatha"

Hiawatha and Minnehaha located in Minnehaha Park

2/3rds Replica of Longfellow's house near Minnehaha Park. Longfellow Zoo and Garden was once located near the house. The zoo has been dismantled and the gardens are being restored. Click on the picture of the house to see the zoo.

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School in Minneapolis named after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Copied from Longfellow Community School Website.

The Song of Hiawatha

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow never visits Minnesota, but his epic poem The Song of Hiawatha immortalizes the Minnesota forests, prairies, and waters he saw only in his imagination.
The famous story attract tourists from around the country to see, in the words of the poem,
"Where the Falls of Minnehaha
Flash and gleam among the oak-trees,
Laugh and leap into the valley."

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Minnesota map.
Minnesota map.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow increased tourism in Minnesota. Copied form Minnesota Historical Society.
Link: http://events.mnhs.org/TimePieces/EventDetail.cfm?EventID=438

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Pipestone Minnesota celebrated Henry Wadsworth's Song of Hiawatha from 1948-2008 with a pageant.
The words from "Song of Hiawatha" that led to Pipestone's reason to celebrate-

On the Mountains of the Prairie,
On the great Red Pipe-stone Quarry,
Gitche Manito, the mighty,
He the Master of Life, descending,
On the red crags of the quarry
Stood erect, and called the nations,
Called the tribes of men together