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June 28, 1964: Minnehaha Falls pumped up for LBJ visit

Posted by: Ben Welter under Minnesota History, Minnesota newsmakers, Government Updated: June 26, 2014 - 4:39 PM
 
Barack Obama isn't the first U.S. president to visit Minnehaha Falls. The falls were barely a trickle the week before President Lyndon Johnson visited the Twin Cities in June 1964. His itinerary included a brief stop at the falls, prompting the Minneapolis  Park Board to arrange for water to be pumped into the creek and embellish the scene. Here's the resulting Kodak moment, shot by the Tribune's Duane Braley:
 
LBJ looked unimpressed with the view. If only the Park Board had thought to hire a daredevil kayaker.
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