Then & Now: Ayd Mill Road


Ayd Mill valley in 1923

A podcast conversation a few weeks ago made me start wondering what the Ayd Mill valley looked like in the early 20th century. Thanks to the Minnesota Historical Aerial Map Archive (and their amazing new interface), we can find out!

Here are some shots of the South terminus of (what today is) Ayd Mill Road in Saint Paul through the years…

The North-South street at the center of the frame is Lexington Parkway, and the two East-West streets framing the picture are Saint Clair (on the top) and Randolph (on the bottom).

If I recall, Interstate 35-E wasn’t added to the picture until the sometime in the 1980s…










Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.

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