History of Saint Paul

History of Saint Paul (HM1GC3)

Location: Saint Paul, MN 55101 Ramsey County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 56.692', W 93° 5.408'

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[1.] We entered a strange wilderness


[2.] We camped among Indian Nations


[3.] We trapped the land abundance


[4.] We labored with the Earth


[5.] We bridged great distances


[6.] Now we remember the wilderness


[Chapel] In 1841, Father Lucien Galtier traveled to our city, which was little more than a landing called Pig Eye. He built a chapel here and called it Saint Paul. Thus our city was formed and named.


"St. Paul is a wonderful city.

It is put together in solid blocks

of honest brick and stone and

has the air of intending to stay.

Mark Twain,

Life on the Mississippi (1883)



[Axe]

In October, 1841, eight men gathered here with their axes to build our city first chapel: Pierre & Charles Bottineau, two men named Pierre Gervais, Vital Guerin, Isaac & Joseph Labissonniere and Francois Morin.


[Belfry & Bell]

After the bell from the sunken steamboat Argo was salvaged in 1847, the Honorable Henry M. Rice presented it to Father Augustine Ravoux, who had it placed here in a belfry beside the chapel.


[Paddlewheel]

"The opening of navigation was hailed with delight and the first steamboat that touched the levee each spring was welcomed by almost the entire population."

The Minnesota Democrat, 1 November 1854


[Terra Cotta panels along riverfront wall, in no particular order]
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HM NumberHM1GC3
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Placed ByCity of Saint Paul
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 1:47pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 492889 N 4976829
Decimal Degrees44.94486667, -93.09013333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 56.692', W 93° 5.408'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 56' 41.52" N, 93° 5' 24.48" W
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Area Code(s)651, 612, 763
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 214 E 2nd St, Saint Paul MN 55101, US
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