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Jane’s Walk: The West Side’s First Development
May 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Even before the US-Sioux treaty of 1851 ceded what is now the West Side of Saint Paul to the federal government, speculators in real estate were already “home-steading” across the Mississippi River from the growing village of Saint Paul. In 1855, a group of seven white men pooled their resources and established one of the first subdivisions on the West Side. Designated as “West Side Proper,” the plat extended from the bluffs, across from Saint Paul, south and uphill to an ancient river terrace, sculpted by the glacial river “Warren.” Our “Jane’s (West Side) Walk” for 2016 begins at the corner of Hall Avenue and Prospect Boulevard. We’ll follow the bluff, with its magnificent view, to the western boundary of West Side Proper. From there we will follow the western boundary of West Side Proper to the Warren River Terrace, crossing the site of Dodd Creek and an early territorial road. From there we will follow the terrace to Humboldt High School, where we’ll stop for a snack and water. Then we’ll descend the former course of a small stream known as “Raviscoe” The varying topography and great diversity of age and styles of houses will make this a memorable, visually appealing saunter. Estimated walking time is one hour. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water.
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