Design of the seal
City Council adopted the official seal on June 5, 1878.
It depicts a view of St. Anthony Falls, the old suspension bridge across the the Mississippi River, mill buildings, and the skyline of 1878 Minneapolis.
In the foreground, there are symbols of the city’s early fortune: a plow, a shock of grain and a barrel of flour, a gear wheel, a large circular saw blade, and a stack of lumber.
At the top in rays of light is the City’s motto "En Avant," which in French means "forward."