Fruen Mill – Minneapolis, MN – September 2013

Don’t call it a comeback! It has been over a year since I have had a successful KAP session. I don’t really have any good excuses for my lack of aerial photography… so I won’t even try. Suffice it say, I still identify myself as a KAPer and I was extremely happy to be out taking photos again.

I visited the abandoned and dilapidated Fruen Mill in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis. I’ve ridden my bike past this site several times and I’ve always thought it would be an interesting subject for aerial photographs. It is not an ideal place to launch a kite… there is not much space and there are high voltage overhead lines nearby. It probably wasn’t the best place to go for my first time out in a while, but I decided to do it anyway. I’m glad I did.

The Fruen Mill started grinding grain by water power on Bassett’s Creek in 1894. The original mill and workshop burned to the ground in 1920. A more modern cereal mill powered by diesel (1916) survived the fire. The structures in these photos were mostly built after 1920. The Fruen company was the first manufacturer of table cereals (Pettijohn Breakfast food) in Minneapolis. The milling company was sold to ConAgra in 1971.


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