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)


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.


"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]
HM NumberHM1GC3
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
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
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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