Saint Paul Off The Beaten Path

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    Irvine Park

    by goodfish Written Jul 21, 2014
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    One of my favorite little corners of St. Paul, Irvine Park is a mere block or two off the downtown drag but rarely found by visitors. Deeded in 1849 - the same year that the Minnesota Territory was established - by early settler John Irvine, lots bordering the four sides of this former cow pasture, and adjacent blocks, quickly became hot real estate for the posh, Victorian-era residences of wealthy citizens. Governors, mayors, justices and other dignitaries built homes in an array of Greek Revival, Gothic, Queen Anne, Federal and other architectural styles, many of which are still standing today thanks to the West Seventh Street Federation.

    By the turn of the century, Irvine had began to lose its shine as the well-heeled moved on to newer, more desirable addresses on Summit Avenue, Crocus and Ramsey Hills, and over the succeeding 70 years the area gradually deteriorated; the park became a dumping ground for battered, rusting playground equipment; its elegant fountain was scrapped; the once-stately homes were sectioned into rental flats. By the early 1970’s the dilapidated neighborhood was marked for demolition to make way for a high-rise apartment complex and industrial park when the newly-formed Federation did battle to save it. In 1973 the Irvine Park District achieved designation and protection as a National Historic District, and as a St. Paul Heritage Preservation District in 1981.

    Over the past few decades many of the homes - two of which are rumored to be the oldest in St. Paul - have been painstakingly restored, the fountain was replaced, and this, peaceful, leafy refuge with its pretty gazebo and cascading pots of blooms has become a favorite spot for wedding photos and picnics, and romping ground for local tots.

    Here’s a nice self-guided walking tour that’s a fun activity on a sunny day:

    http://www.bigboytravel.com/minnesota/stpaul/irvine-park-walking-tour

    Extra tip? Pick up the makings for a picnic at nearby Cossetta, on the corner of N. Chestnut and W. 7th: the biggest and best Italian deli and marketplace in the Mpls/St Paul metro area.

    The park is downtown, one block or so southeast of 7th St W. on North Walnut; you’ll walk right into it.

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    The Gateway Trail

    by lintman1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Gateway trail is a well paved trail that runs from downtown St. Paul, 18.3 miles to Pine Point county park, which is north of Stillwater. It was created over old railroad tracks, so it is fairly level. For over half of the trail, there is a dirt trail that runs parallel to it for horseback riding. It is well maintained, and is perfect for biking, jogging, walking or rollerblading. Not to mention it has some great leave color in the fall.
    Check out http://www.pclink.com/efrick/

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    Como Park is one of my...

    by acemj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Como Park is one of my favorite places to relax in St. Paul. There's a free zoo and conservatory and lots of beautiful green space to explore. There's even a public golf course, pictured here. Check out the website for more details.

    1225 Estabrook Drive
    Saint Paul, MN 55103

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    Historic Fort Snelling

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 19, 2007

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    Historic Fort Snelling is an 1820's military outpost around which the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have developed. When the fort was built it was a lonely outpost in the wilderness, on the far northwestern edge of United States Territory. Today it is bordered by freeways full of rushing traffic in the center of of a bustling urban area.

    In this restored stone fortress the history of frontier life is celebrated. A full living history program is presented by costumed guides, daily during the summer, and on weekends in May, September and October. The first European settlers to this area came up the Mississippi River by steamboat. Today the fort is reached by modern highways and is approximately half way between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    Outside of the walls of the fort there are other interesting things to see, including a museum, a chapel, monuments and beautiful views of the river, with the Minneapolis skyline in the distance.

    Fort Snelling is at the junction of Highways 5 and 55, near the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport.

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    Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Jun 19, 2007

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    The Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel, was built in 1927 after Sunday School children requested a post chapel. Permission to build was granted by the War Department.

    The chapel is primarily a house of worship. It is also designed to be a monument to the patriotism, the moral earnestness and the convictions of the people of Minnesota. It provides a shrine where the "family of those who have died for America may come, as on a holy pilgrimage, and offer up their thanks to Almighty God for the precious gift of friends who have been so fondly loved, and are now lost awhile."

    Fort Snelling was deactivated as a military post in 1947. AFter sitting unused until the mid 1960's, it is once again alive and well. It is open for tourists to Fort Snelling on weekends. Weekly Sunday non-denominational services are conducted by the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation. It is also used for weddings, funerals, and other special occasions.

    The Chapel houses more than 80 memorials such as: a stained glass window that bears the coat of arms of the Third Infantry Regiment, oldest in the U.S. Army, which was once stationed at Fort Snelling.

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    "Sky" sculpture

    by yooperprof Written Oct 26, 2006
    like praying hands?

    Regional artist Georgette Sosin created this piece which stands in the middle of the Kellogg Mall in downtown St. Paul. The plaque was missing when I took this photo, but I did a little internet search and discovered that it originally read

    And grant our prayers for lasting
    peace, for every nation everywhere.

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    "Skygate" installation

    by yooperprof Written Oct 26, 2006
    The aliens have landed!

    Created by New York arstist R. M. Fischer in 2000 as part of the "New Millenium" project in St. Paul. Corner of Fifth and Wasbasha.

    Incidentally, there was a arts scandal about Skygate - it started to rust dramatically immediately after unveiling. Only in 2004 was the piece given the necessary treatment to enable it to survive in the outdoor environment it was intended for.

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    Visit the Jackson Street Roundhouse

    by pipsqueak Written Aug 16, 2005

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    Jackson Street Roundhouse

    This is part of the Minnesota Transportation Museum. They have a number of old train cars and engines, and best of all, if you have a child, they have 3 train tables set up with Thomas the Tank Engine trains. Our 3-year-old loved that the best.
    It is near the State Capitol, so you could do that too if you are in the area.

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    St. Anthony Park is another...

    by acemj Updated Jul 12, 2005

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    St. Anthony Park is another quiet place to get away. This is a picture of the park's library, which was one of the many libraries across the country funded by Andrew Carnegie.

    2245 Como Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55108

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    Como Park Conservatory

    by acemj Updated Jul 12, 2005

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    If you're into flowers, you gotta check out the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Comor Park. Since 1974, it's been on the National Register of Historic Places. Best of all, it's free to visit and is open all year round.

    Summer hours (April 1st - September 30th) are 10am-6pm

    Winter hours (October 1st - March 31st) are 10am-4pm

    You can take all the pictures you want, but no tripods are allowed.

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    Burlington Northern Box Car

    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Updated May 19, 2005
    BN box car near the engine shed.

    There's an old BN box car outside the engine shed the railroad museum is in. It's a good place to take a picture of box car without having to worry that it may be moved the next day by a frieght train. (the tracks are no longer used.)

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    River Carp

    by SUSAMY Written Aug 13, 2004
    Susan & a 5 Pound Carp

    Mississippi River Carp can get HUGE! The MN state record is 55 pounds! Carp are said to me the smartest fish - so you have to be clever to catch them! There are many great carp fishing areas along the Mississippi in the Twin Cities!

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    Play Boardgames or join a RPG

    by Out.in.MN Updated Jul 29, 2004

    Yes - it's just a game & comic shop. But they have a large room in the back for gamers. (no wagering)

    GAME TYPES:
    D&D, Magic the Gathering (MTG), strategy, and war games.

    SOURCE COMICS & GAMES is located midway between Minneapolis & St Paul; at the intersection of Snelling and Larpenteur.

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    Indian Burial Mounds

    by yooperprof Written Jul 7, 2004
    a sacred site

    The "Hopewell" peopls created 6 sizable burial mounds at this prominent site overlooking a big bend in the Mississippi River as it flows north and westward. They are at the highest points on the bluffs, so there are also excellent views of downtown St. Paul - with Minneapolis beckoning in the distance.

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    Visiting Family or Friends for the Holidays?

    by SUSAMY Written Nov 21, 2003

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    It's Fun to Cut Down Your Own Tree!

    Just a short drive out of the cities, and you can find Christmas Tree Farms, where you can cut and take your own Christmas Tree! It's WAY more fun to go trouncing through the Christmas Tree Farm Woods with a saw and cut down your own tree than it is to go to a grocery store parking lot 2 blocks from your house to pick out a tree! (Don't cut down trees not on a Christmas Tree Farm - that's mean AND illegal!)

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