Saint Paul is Minnesota’s state capital and the second-most populous city in Minnesota with a population of just over 300,000. The city lies on the bank of the Mississippi and is one of the “Twin Cities”, alongside Minneapolis. Known to have more of a small town feel than its sister city to the west. Saint Paul has a wonderful park system and the division of Parks and recreation runs over 1,500 organized sports teams. The Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area in the 16th largest in the United States. Known for special events like the Winter Carnival and Grand old days. This city is filled with historic buildings and charming architecture of buildings and homes. A few of the many wonderful things to see in Saint Paul are the Science Museum of Minnesota, Cathedral of Saint Paul, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Fitzgerald Theater, Science Museum of Minnesota, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Minnesota Children’s Museum and Minnesota State Fair
The city is home to the Saint Paul Saints baseball team, Minnesota Wild and the new home of the Minnesota United FC. Sport illustrated called Saint Paul Hockeytown USA.
Life in Saint Paul flows deep with tradition, wide with talent, diversity, and strong with economic and cultural vitality. Saint Paul, the head of navigation of the great Mississippi River, is a City of neighborhoods. Like a network of urban villages, their neighborhoods are strong and stable, each with its own fascinating texture of historic interest, cultural landmarks, ethnic heritage and time-honored traditions. Home to elegant Summit Avenue, the longest preserved Victorian avenue in the country.
The City of Saint Paul is commitment to not only preserving but growing the sense of the urban village is exemplified by our continuing development of Downtown. The City’s core is thriving, not just as a place to work, but as a place to live, learn and spend leisure time. Saint Paul also has more shoreline on the Mississippi River than any other city!
Saint Paul is a thriving commercial center in our own right—home to Fortune 500 company headquarters, large regional enterprises and countless small businesses and professional firms. We are playing an ever-more-vital role in both powering and piloting the fortunes of the dynamic Minneapolis/Saint Paul Metro region. As large-scale, visionary developments like the Central Corridor (at last linking the east metro with the metro core in a way that will integrate, rather than alienate, neighborhood interests) continue to unfold, we are committed to seeing that role continue to broaden.
Schools The city of Saint Paul is served by Saint Paul Public School (SPPS) District #625. SPPS is one of Minnesota’s largest school districts with more than 37,000 students. Highly trained and deeply dedicated staff, cutting-edge academic programs, and strong community support are among the district’s hallmarks. The student population is diverse, with students who speak more than 125 languages and dialects, and a 15 to 1 student teacher ratio.
Things to Do Minnesota Children’s Museum – Minnesota Children’s Museum is meant for children to learn through play. Both children and adults come to enjoy the power of play! They have exhibits to see daily and programs for kids to join. This museum consistently rates as the top children’s museum in the country.
Science Museum – The Science Museum was founded in 1907 and well known for the hands-on experience to science. When you visit you will experience topics such as technology, physical science, mathematics, and natural history. This is a must-do museum when visiting Saint Paul or living in the area. Como Zoo – Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory are owned by the city of Saint Paul and have been around for over 100 years. The zoo and conservatory help to create connections and values with the animals, plants and gardens that are located here. The zoo features large cats, aquatic life, birds, primates, African hoofed animals, seal island and the world class polar bear exhibit. The conservatory has under glass two acres of plant life which includes bonsai trees, ferns, orchids, seasonal flowers and many outdoor gardens. The zoo and conservatory are both free to the public all year round but donations are suggested.
Ordway Center – The Ordway was originated in 1985 and is recognized as one of the US’s leading not-for-profit performing arts centers. They have a wide variety of performances throughout the year that encompass the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance, and vocal artists in its Music Theater and Concert Hall. Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit The Ordway for a show you will not forget. Xcel Energy Center – Multi-purpose arena for Minnesota Sports & Entertainment, but home to the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. Between hockey and entertainment you will be sure to visit the Xcel Energy at least once. With numerous dining options, bars, hotels nearby you can make an enjoyable evening in the heart of Saint Paul. Minnesota State Fair – One of the most popular tourist destinations in the region you CANNOT miss the “Great Minnesota Get-Together”, that attracts more than 2 millions annually. If you’re coming for the entertainment or the food everyone will find something to enjoy at the fair! They have top artist performing at the Grandstand while the fair is open, new and amazing food to try, free live music, rides & attractions, and plenty of shopping for all. This is one of those you pack the family up and drive to enjoy at least one day at the fair.
Saint Paul History
The origin and growth of the city was spurred by the proximity of Fort Snelling, the first major United States military presence in the area, and by its location on the Upper Mississippi River, with the northernmost natural navigable port on the mighty river.
In 1841, Pig’s Eye Landing resident and French priest, Lucien Galtier, renamed the settlement St. Paul after his favorite saint. In 1849, Minnesota was named a territory and St. Paul was designated its capital, which spurred the town’s growth.
Between the 1780s and 1800s, Spanish traders from St. Louis traded through the region, including Manuel Lisa and José María Vigó. From 1837 to 1848, Saint Paul grew from a few traders of mostly French and French Canadian origins, with tents and shacks on the riverside to a small town with settlers starting to put down roots; in 1840, the town had only nine cabins scattered between the Upper and Lower Landings. Some were members of the failed Red River Colony in Manitoba, but they were soon joined by first-generation American pioneers. No structures in Saint Paul have survived from this period. In 1841, Father Lucien Galtier established a Catholic chapel, Saint Paul’s Chapel, on the bluffs above the landing, naming it in honor of his favorite saint and because of the pairing with Saint Peter’s Church in Mendota, 5 miles upstream and across the river. About that time, the name of the settlement was formally changed to Saint Paul, a more worthy name than “Pig’s Eye”, and in honor of the new chapel.
In 1847, the Baptist school teacher, Harriet Bishop came from Vermont and opened the city’s first school in a cabin at St. Peter Street and Kellogg Boulevard. There she taught children of diverse ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds and supported the temperance movement. Harriet Island was named for her. In 1849, the Minnesota Territory was formalized and Saint Paul was named as its capital. Justus Ramsey’s older brother, Alexander Ramsey, a Philadelphia politician moved there to become the first territorial governor. In 1850, the city narrowly survived a proposed law to move the capital to Saint Peter when territorial legislator, Joe Rolette disappeared with the approved bill.
The City of Saint Paul was originally established as the “The Town of St. Paul” by an act of the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Minnesota in November of 1849. Saint Paul remained a town until March of 1854 when it became the “City of Saint Paul, Minnesota Territory”. In May of 1858 when Minnesota became a state the city became known as “The City of Saint Paul, State of Minnesota”.
When “The Town of St. Paul” came into existence in 1849, it occupied approximately 280 acres. The original town site consisted of two subdivisions “Town of Saint Paul” and “Irvine & Rice’s addition” filed as Rice and Irvine’s addition to Saint Paul. The plat of “The Town of St. Paul” was filed on the 28th day of February 1849 in County of St. Croix, Wisconsin Territory and was surveyed by Ira B. Brunson. The plat of “Rice’s and Irvine’s addition to Saint Paul” was filed on the 16th day of May 1849 in the County of St. Croix, Minnesota Territory and was surveyed by Benjaman W. Brunson.
As result of an Act of Minnesota legislature on February 14th, 1866 the town plat was brought to St Paul and filed with the Ramsey County Recorder’s Office on March 17th, 1866. The original town site boundaries were Elm Street on the west, Smith Ave & East Seventh Street on the north, Wacouta Street on the east, and the left bank of the Mississippi River on the south. Between years 1849 and 1887 Saint Paul has gone through 14 boundary changes.