St. Paul Travel Guide

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About St. Paul

A city of refinement and status, Minnesota's state capital has maintained its small-town feel by preserving its meandering, tree-lined streets, historic buildings, quaint public parks and beautiful Victorian homes. For those who love to travel, St. Paul is a great city to explore.

The Twin Cities trace their roots to 1820, when US Captain Josiah Snelling founded Fort St. Anthony (later named Fort Snelling) near the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. Seventeen years later, intrepid frontiersman Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant built his cabin approximately ten miles downriver and the area became known as "Pig's Eye" thanks to Parrant's popular tavern.

The first Catholic pastor in the region, Father Lucien Galtier, established the Log Chapel of St. Paul in 1841 and decided that the settlement would forthwith be called Saint Paul. Travel increased to the area, and when 1849 the Minnesota Territory was formalized in 1849, Saint Paul became the capital.

The city was the last landing to unload boats safely on the Mississippi River and subsequently became a hub for travel. St. Paul was home to over 1,000 steamboats by 1858, and settlers poured into the region. James J. Hill eventually increased the...  Read more »