Norma Smith took this photo of the new man-made cascade on Minnehaha Creek in 1934 of her father Gordon Smith and sisters Joyce and Carol and nephew Harold. The Smiths lived in the Country Club District at 4612 Arden Avenue. I wrote about the cascade here, and I have heard from several people since then about how much they loved the cascade when it was running at full power in the early days. Touted as the "Little Niagara" of Edina, the cascade drew residents for picnics and relaxation.
Norma (who grew up and married Bob Christopher from the neighborhood) describes the photo as taken from Highway 100 opposite Sunnyside Road. Highway 100 was just a dirt road back then; today's freeway obscures the view from that location. You can see the cascade in Google's satellite aerial view. Look west (or left) of Highway 100 and you can see the remnants of the cascade.
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