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Then & Now: Selby and Nina

  Contrary to popular belief Nina Street is not named for Saint Paul infamous, 19th century madam, Nina Clifford. The street was named by the group of developers that platted Dayton and Irvine’s addition in 1854. Clifford’s real name was Hannah Crow. Chances are she named herself after the street. Construction of the Cathedral of […]

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Then & Now: St. Anthony Pottery, 808-810 Marshall Northeast, Minneapolis. (1897/2013)

Established by Louis Kampff in August of 1857, St. Anthony Pottery was probably the earliest earthenware plant in Minnesota. This building was built in 1860, and was still being used as a residence by one of Kampff’s sons as recently as 1947. Most of the area now is a parking area for the many industrial […]

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Then & Now: West Broadway and North 3rd St

A pair of street-level images of the same spot in North Minneapolis. The first is courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society, c. 1953. The second is the same spot taken last year, by erstwhile tumblr’r (and former podcast guest) Paul Merrill. Note the complete removal of pretty much everything. (Also, it’s worth noting that I’m not […]

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Then & Now: Minneapolis’ Loring Park

A few weeks ago, I posted a Then & Now picture of the neighborhood surrounding the Cathedral in downtown Saint Paul. It’s only fitting that we look at the neighborhood surrounding the Basilica in downtown Minneapolis, as the contrast is just as striking.  This is the location of the infamous Lowry Hill Tunnel, as well […]

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Then & Now: Saint Paul’s Seven Corners

This the Seven Corners area of Saint Paul, running down the hill from the cathedral toward the river and downtown. On the top is an aerial photo taken in 1947 and again by satellite today (click it a few times to enlarge it, if you wanna dive in). So many differences! Note the absence and […]

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