Visitors to St. Paul’s downtown area are often captivated by the visual grandeur of the city’s castle-like architectural crown jewel, the Landmark Center.
South St. Paul’s rise and fall as the king of the meat packing industry began in 1886 and lasted for over one hundred and twenty years. Today, however, most of what was once one of the largest stockyard operations in the world has been lost to the wrecking ball. As the meat packing operations in […]
High atop the bustling river town of Stillwater sits the oldest courthouse in the state of Minnesota. Built on what is known as Zion’s Hill, the Washington County Historic Courthouse has watched over the birthplace of Minnesota for almost 150 years. [Go to photo gallery] Minnesota’s First Call to Order The first court session in […]
When it comes to beer, the Twin Cities has a very rich brewing history. Names like Schmidt, Hamm’s, Gluek’s, and Grain Belt immediately come to mind when reminiscing about the great breweries that once dominated the local industry. As demand for their products increased in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, large brewery complexes were […]
The University of Minnesota ‘s Old Campus Historic District is home to a number of impressive buildings built before the turn of the 20th century. Standing out among these as an iconic symbol of the founding of the University is Pillsbury Hall. An imposing and stately structure, Pillsbury Hall was built on the growing campus […]
Just south of the new, modern bridge that spans the Mississippi river carrying traffic into Hastings sits a historic reminder of the beauty and craftsmanship used in 19th century civil architecture. The old Dakota County Courthouse is likely the first thing people notice as they travel south on Highway 61 crossing the river into the […]
Just a half block east of the intersection of Snelling and Hewitt Avenues in St. Paul sits one of the Twin Cities most unique and historic buildings. Mostly shielded from busy Snelling Avenue traffic with only its weather vane visible, most people likely drive right by and never know this building exists. Since it was […]
For over a century and a half, the Historic Church of St. Peter has watched over the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers in Mendota. Seen from miles away peering through the treeline atop the bluffs on the Minnesota River’s east bank, the church has been a consistent landmark for generations of people living […]