We Dare You To Drive To Minneapolis-Saint Paul’s Most Abandoned Locations

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The Twin Cities are well-known for many things, including their friendly locals, incredible dining, and fascinating history. There are definitely parts of Minneapolis and Saint Paul that get left behind, and become abandoned ruins with little to offer, in two cities with so much history that is constantly evolving. We dare you to take this road trip to Minneapolis-Saint Paul’s most abandoned ruins if you’re looking for a scary adventure. Along the way, you’ll see some of Minneapolis’ most desolate spots. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Continue reading to find out where we’re going!

Park at Reservoir Woods

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We start our journey at Reservoir Woods Park, which is located just outside of Minneapolis. The park is over 120 acres in size, mostly wooded, with only a few trails. An abandoned 30 million-gallon reservoir that the city of Saint Paul no longer needs can be found on the park’s grounds. This park has an unsettling atmosphere. It’s undeniably one of Minnesota’s lesser-known parks. Can you take it?

United Crushers (Minneapolis)

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Minneapolis was founded on the milling industry, which flourished in the 1800s. The ruins of several mills can still be found in the city today. Because the mill is in disrepair, it is illegal to explore inside uneasy. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped others from breaking into United Crushers to spray paint and photograph graffiti.

Grain Elevator Bunge

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The Bunge Grain Elevator is located in Minneapolis’ Como neighborhood. Exploring the interior of the elevator, like United Crushers, is illegal. Explorers have taken photos from the top of the elevator, which boasts some of the most beautiful views of the Minneapolis skyline, but a University of Minnesota student died in 2015 while attempting to climb the elevator. Admire the eerie abandoned building from a safe distance; do not put your life in danger. Surprisingly, it is not Minnesota’s only abandoned grain elevator.

Mill Ruins

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Okay, so Mill Ruins Park isn’t completely deserted. It is located on the Mississippi River’s West Bank, near the Stone Arch Bridge and the Mill City Museum. Only ruins were left when this mill exploded in the late 1800s. This park is a piece of Minneapolis’s history that is ideal for any explorer. Discover what makes Mill Ruins Park such an intriguing destination.

Upper Post of Fort Snelling

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Fort Snelling was once Minnesota’s most important military post. Much of it has since been abandoned, leaving behind broken-down buildings and overgrown grounds. There’s something eerie about exploring the more remote parts of Fort Snelling, and only the brave venture there.

Schmidt Brewing Company

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The Jacob Schmidt Brewery was once one of Saint Paul’s most powerful breweries. It was originally built as The Cave Brewery and has housed several other Twin Cities breweries. It has been abandoned since2002, and was recently sold to developers for the Schmidt Artist Lofts, which are connected to the historic abandoned brewery.

Municipal Grain Terminal in Saint Paul


As previously stated, the Twin Cities were founded on the milling industry. The “head house” a former six-story grain elevator, was built in 1931. The building was scheduled for demolition because it had fallen into disrepair, but the city of Saint Paul has been committed to restoring it. The site is now a park, and parts of the building can be used as an event center. Learn more about the Saint Paul Municipal Grain Terminal, also known in Minnesota as City House.

Hamm’s Brewing Co


Hamm’s Brewery began brewing beer in Saint Paul long before Miller Brewing Company bought them out, forcing them to abandon their original brewing location. The old brewery overlooks Swede Hollow, and when the city of Saint Paul purchased some of the brewery grounds, the ruins were allowed to decay and crumble. Do you think you’ll be able to handle this road trip through Minneapolis’ abandoned areas? We’re aware that it’s not for the faint of heart. If you know of any other fantastic abandoned spots in the Twin Cities, please share them in the comments section below — we’d love to hear from you. Do you want to know about the creepiest abandoned location in the Twin Cities metro area? If you dare, learn more about this creepy, abandoned asylum near.

What is Minnesota’s most haunted structure?

You might be curious now that you’ve read about some of the most abandoned places near Minneapolis to see if any of them have a paranormal side to them. Believe it or not, the state of Minnesota is rife with haunted locations. In fact, Anoka, Minnesota is known as the Wor’s Halloween Capital! Ness Church is a haunted location in Minnesota. This church in Litchfield is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young girl named Annie. There have also been reports of lights inside the church turning on and off on their own. The historic St. James Hotel in Red Wing is next on the list of haunted buildings in Minnesota. This beautiful hotel, built in 1875, has a haunted history. In 1890, a shipwreck on nearby Lake Pepin claimed the lives of nearly 100 passengers. The hotel was used as a temporary morgue in the days that followed. Many of these victims are said to still haunt the hotel today.

What are some of the most haunted hotels in Minnesota?

Staying in a historic hotel is frequently one of the best ways to learn about a city. If you stay at one of Minnesota’s oldest hotels, you might get more than you bargained for. This is especially true if you stay at Taylors Falls’ Old Jail Bed & Breakfast. As the name suggests, this inn was once an old jail dating back to the 1800s. While the building is undeniably fascinating, you may encounter some truly strange sights and sounds. The Kahler Grand Hotel in Rochester, Minnesota is another famously haunted hotel. While it appears stately from the outside, the inside has a darker history. In fact, the basement used to be a morgue. Do you think you’d be brave enough to spend the night in one of Minnesota’s most haunted hotels?


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