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Cooper Neighborhood

Cooper Neighborhood

The Cooper neighborhood (part of the larger Longfellow community) resides along the west shore of the Mississippi River in south Minneapolis. It is bound by 34th St. E. on the south, 38th Ave. S. on the west, 27th St. E. on the north, and the river gorge to the east. Bordering neighborhoods are Seward to the north, Longfellow to the west, and Howe to the south. St. Paul’s Merriam Park neighborhood is just across the Mississippi River to the east.

Cooper was named after the 19th-century author James Fenimore Cooper, best known for writing The Last of the Mohicans (1832).

The Mississippi River Gorge is unique to this stretch of the entire Mississippi. The river cut an eighty-plus foot gorge as what is now St. Anthony Falls moved upstream over thousands of years, finally stopping at downtown Minneapolis due to engineering work during the city’s flour milling boom times. Today, the Mississippi River Gorge is a protected natural landscape.

Political Representation
Cooper is represented by the following people:

  • City Council (2nd Ward): Cam Gordon
  • Minneapolis Park Board (3rd Precinct): Scott Vreeland
  • Minneapolis Mayor: Jacob Frey
  • Hennepin County Commissioner: Angela Conley
  • Minnesota House of Representatives (District 62A): Jim Davnie
  • Minnesota Senate (District 62): Patricia Torres Ray
  • US House of Representatives Ilhan Omar

Notable residents

  • Jesse Ventura – former Minnesota Governor; grew up in the house on the southwest corner of 32nd St. E. and 46th Ave. S.


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