[1.] We entered a strange wilderness"St. Paul is a wonderful city.
[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.
It is put together in solid blocks
of honest brick and stone and
has the air of intending to stay.
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]