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Located near Minnehaha Creek, not far from the city limits, Washburn Community Library has been busy since its opening day in 1970. A 1992 renovation and expansion enhanced its role as a cultural and learning resource center. 

 

Minneapolis' milling history is remembered in this library, named for flour magnate and U.S. Senator William D. Washburn.  Washburn was born in Livermore, Maine. He moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota around 1857 to practice law and work for the Minneapolis Milling Company (founded by his brother Cadwallader). His business ventures in lumber and flour milling allowed him to amass a large fortune, and by the 1880s, he was among the wealthiest men in Minnesota.   

  

He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1878 and served from March 4, 1879 to March 3, 1885. He was elected to the Senate in 1888 and served from March 4, 1889 to March 3, 1895. 

 

Architecture 

·     Built 1970 

·     Renovated and expanded 1992 

·     19,000 sq. ft.; lower level meeting room; parking lot entered from 53rd St.  

 

 

Artwork 

Two decorative domed ceilings, including a fanciful fresco mural by artist Virginia Bradley. 

 

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