Baring Twin Cities' political past takes sleuthing

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Hosting a Republican National Convention is old hat to Minnesota.

Now 103 years old, Minnesota's Capitol is the third in Minnesota's 150 years of statehood.

Really, really old.

Across the Mississippi River from present-day Minneapolis skyscrapers once stood an exhibition hall where Republicans nominated Benjamin Harrison for a second term as president in 1892. Harrison met defeat to Democrat Grover Cleveland, and the Industrial Exposition Building met the wrecking ball a half-century later.

Not so much as a plaque marks the convention site, occupied today by townhomes in a neighborhood of trendy restaurants and boutiques. That's typical of prominent points of national political interest in the Twin Cities, the backdrop for the September 1-4 GOP convention. History buffs need determination and imagination to unlock the past.

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