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Best Historic Locations in Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Summit Avenue

Summit Avenue, stretching from downtown St. Paul to where the city meets Minneapolis, is a melting pot of architectural styles. This boulevard is lined with historic buildings dating back to the 1850s and is named as one of the greatest streets in America. Admire Victorian, Tuscan and Neocolonial mansions on a walking tour that offers an intriguing glimpse into the lives of its owners. The James J Hill House is one of the largest family residences in the state while Stuart House, one of the oldest. Iconic attractions on this avenue also include the Cathedral of Saint Paul, University of St. Thomas and Minnesota Governor's Residence.

St. Paul, MN, United States
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Historic Fort Snelling

Standing at a juncture where the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers embrace each other, the Historic Fort Snelling is a stirring glimpse into American history and legendary past. A strong and formidable military fortification located within the Fort Snelling State Park, this structure not only marked the confluence of the two rivers, but it also represented a melange of different cultures which thrived on either side. The glorious national flag flutters across its sturdy expanse, while its very fabric is yet alive with the tales of the lives of its past inhabitants. Upheld by the Minnesota Historical Society, the fort has been designated a 'natural treasure' by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Having once been a locus of the fur trade, the 1862 US Dakota War, as well as iconic civil rights movements, this historic fort has stood witness to some massive historical, social, political and cultural moments which have been etched in history.

St. Paul, MN, United States
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James J. Hill House

Once the home of railroad baron James J. Hill, the Minnesota Historical Society now owns this mansion. Tours provide a glimpse into what astonishing wealth could buy at the turn of the 19th century. It contains 42 rooms including 13 bathrooms, 22 fireplaces and a 100-foot reception hall. Stained glass windows, an enormous pipe organ and intricately carved woodwork are just a few of the highlights. Tours depart every half-hour.

St. Paul, MN, United States
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Alexander Ramsey House

Guides dressed in period garb lead tours through this well-preserved Victorian house. This Second Empire mansion was built by Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first territorial governor, in 1872 and is furnished with many original pieces. During his political career, Ramsey was also mayor of St. Paul and a United States senator. The house was occupied by Ramsey descendants until 1964 when it was willed to the Minnesota Historical Society. The house is seasonally decorated during the holidays and daily hours are expanded from November 27 through December 31. The office is in the adjacent carriage house. Cookies baked in the house's kitchen are included in the admission fee.

St. Paul, MN, United States
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St. Paul Union Depot

St. Paul Union Depot, also known as SPUD, is a historic monument and landmark. It was formerly the main train station in St. Paul and is a classic example of neoclassic architecture. The classic architecture provides an interesting backdrop in the neighborhood.

St. Paul, MN, United States
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Indian Mounds Regional Park

The history of this area dates back 2000 years. The park offers a great panoramic view of the Mississippi River and downtown St. Paul. Enclosed by metal rail fences, six ancient Indian burial mounds rest within the rich soil of the park. An old reconstructed aerial beacon, used for many years by aircraft approaching the Holman Field airport across the river, stands near the mounds. In 1776, a man named Jonathon Carver discovered what is now known as Carver's Cave. Inside the cave, he found ancient artifacts and hieroglyphics. Plaques posted nearby tell the detailed stories of these historical landmarks. This popular park is open to everyone, including families, skateboarders, hikers, bikers, and groups of friends. CallSend SMSAdd to SkypeYou'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype

St. Paul, MN, United States
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