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January 28, 2008

The "Princess Depot" served trains that brought people "all the way from the city" to experience Minnehaha Falls and the Longfellow Gardens, which was a wild animal zoo and park in the 1920's. Not only were wild animals such as tigers, bears and snakes kept here, but a unique garden was attempted containing all the trees and foliage mentioned in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's works, on the grounds alongside a complete replica of his original custom built house in Massachusetts.

Over near the Falls, "Wizard's Beard" hangs from the eaves of the Pergola, dry as a tumbleweed during the winter. The floodlights of the falls ravine and from the Minnehaha Pavillion backlight it with an unearthly glow.

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