St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota and was once named “Pig’s Eye” for a popular tavern in the original settlement, but got its permanent name from the St. Paul Cathedral. Catholic Pastor Lucien Galtier explained the new name “was short, sounds good, and understood by all”. During the mid-1800’s, the city was a gateway for people moving into the Minnesota and Dakota Territories as it was the last stop where boats could be unloaded on the Mississippi River. In conjunction, James J. Hill was expanding his railway system to take advantage of the expanding country
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Today’s bustling St Paul is home to the Xcel Energy Center, River Centre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and all the events hosted within each. Other popular places in St. Paul include the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Como Zoo and Conservatory. During the winter, St. Paul hosts the St. Paul Winter Carnival and Red Bull’s Crashed Ice. St. Paul is divided into 17 Planning Districts, which allows neighborhoods to participate in governance. Students in St. Paul attend Saint Paul Public Schools.
St. Paul MN Information
Area: 52.8 square miles
Median Household income: $48,235
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