Tour Saint Paul

The award-winning Tour Saint Paul Neighborhood Guides highlight historic landmarks in Saint Paul’s core neighborhoods. They include walking tours of past and present destinations in lesser-known historic areas of Saint Paul.


Tour Saint Paul: West End

From the arrival of Zebulon Pike in 1805 to the West End of today, a number of recurring themes shaped this community’s development.


Tour Saint Paul: Frogtown

The name Frogtown dates back to the 1860’s and 1870’s. Father Alexis Hoffman states that the area was called “Froschberg” or Frogtown because of its swamps.


Tour Saint Paul: Dayton's Bluff

Tour Saint Paul: Dayton’s Bluff
Audio Walking Tour of Dayton’s Bluff
Heritage Preservation District

Historic Saint Paul is trying something new!
Please download our audio walking tour files, and enjoy an architectural tour of the Dayton’s Bluff Heritage Preservation District. Click on samples files for a preview and download attached files below:

Tour Saint Paul Rice Street

Tour Saint Paul: Rice Street

Located in the North End neighborhood, Rice Street began as a commercial corridor that served Saint Paul’s working class. Rice Street is unassuming; when it was rushed into being more than a century ago, there was no time for ornamentation or ostentation. Despite its utilitarian appearance, Rice Street has a character that is unique to the street and the North End.

Tour Saint Paul Selby Ave

Tour Saint Paul: Selby Avenue

Since 1840, Saint Paul has taken on different identities: frontier hamlet, steamboat burg, provincial capital, railroad boomtown, city in stagnation, city in decline, city in revival. These transformations have left their marks all over town. Nowhere can one see them better than on Selby Avenue.

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Tour Saint Paul: West Side

The contours of the earth define and set apart Saint Paul’s West Side. On the north, the great swoop of the Mississippi forms the point and two sides of a rounded triangle; a line of limestone cliffs – the shore long ago of the glacial River Warren – forms the base. The low plains inside the triangle, the flats, has invited immigrants, industry, and floods for more than a century and a half.

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Tour Saint Paul: Payne Avenue

Saint Paul is known for its “Main Street” commercial districts that grew to serve the immigrants who settled the city’s neighborhoods a century ago. One of the liveliest of these districts is the East Side’s Payne Avenue, known in the 1930s as the “downtown of northeastern Ramsey County.”

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Tour Saint Paul: East Side to Lowertown

As the Mississippi River travels past downtown Saint Paul, it makes a sharp curve beneath towering sandstone and limestone bluffs. This stretch of river has been a focal point of human activity since the earliest phases of our history – and it continues to be a vibrant area that combines rich ecological resources with unique sites that remind us of our area’s diverse cultural heritage.