St. Paul

Population

2010: 285,068, #67 in U.S., #2 in Minnesota

1950: 311,349, #35 in U.S.

St. Paul is in the Minneapolis Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Setting

St. Paul was founded in 1837 on the Mississippi River. Today, Harriet Island, across the river from downtown, has a park and riverboat cruises.

Buildings

Tallest building: Wells Fargo Place (1987), 471 feet

List of tallest buildings

The domed State Capitol, built in 1904, is 223 feet tall and has an observation deck on the roof.

Stores

Downtown has five miles of Skyways, connecting the second stories of various buildings.

Trains

Amtrak’s Empire Builder goes east to Milwaukee and Chicago, and west to Fargo, Spokane, Portland, and Seattle from the Midway Station (1971), located about halfway between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul.

St. Paul Union Depot (1923) is now used by the U.S. Postal Service and other businesses.


 

 



Downtown St. Paul
(Photo by Alexius Horatius)

Museums

Museums in downtown St. Paul include the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota History Center, and Minnesota Children's Museum.

Theaters

St. Paul has no downtown movie theaters. The Fitzgerald Theater (1910), formerly a legitimate theater and then a movie house, has concerts and plays.

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (1985) hosts the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, and touring Broadway shows. The Park Square Theatre is also downtown.

Sports

The St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association play at Midway Stadium (1982), west of downtown. The NHL Minnesota Wild play at the Xcel Energy Center (2000).

Map of Downtown St. Paul

DowntownStPaul.com

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