Color image of a sign welcoming visitors to the city of Morton, 2016. The sign is made out of Morton gneiss. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Sign welcoming visitors to the city of Morton

Sign welcoming visitors to the city of Morton, 2016. The sign is made out of Morton gneiss. Photograph by Paul Nelson.

Map of St. Paul in 1839

Map of St. Paul in 1839

Map of St. Paul in 1839. Created by Mary Brueggemann. Used with the permission of Gary Brueggemann, in whose book, Minnesota’s First Murder Mystery (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2013), the map originally appeared.

Black and white photograph of the present-day Site of the Hays–Phelan cabin, ca. 2000s.

Site of the Hays–Phelan cabin

Site of the Hays–Phelan cabin, between the later sites of Eagle Street Plaza and the Science Museum of Minnesota. In the background, the Civic Center Parking Ramp. Used with the permission of Gary Brueggemann, in whose book, Minnesota’s First Murder Mystery (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2013), the map originally appeared.

Drawn portrait of Pierre Parrant, ca. 1840.

Pierre Parrant

The only known image of Pierre Parrant, Phelan’s neighbor and first known European to reside in the future St. Paul, ca. 1840.

Black and white photograph of Benjamin and Genevieve Gervais, ca. 1875. They were Phelan’s nearest neighbors and the first to hear from him of Hays’s disappearance.

Benjamin and Genevieve Gervais

Benjamin and Genevieve Gervais, ca. 1875. They were Phelan’s nearest neighbors and the first to hear from him of Hays’s disappearance.

The village of St. Paul, 1844. Etching by Charles William Post.

The village of St. Paul

The village of St. Paul, 1844. Etching by Charles William Post.

Murder of John Hays

The first murder to reach the courts of what would become Minnesota took place during the early infancy of St. Paul, in the late summer of 1839. Though both victim and main suspect were quickly identified, the case was never solved.

Color image of the southeast corner of Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery Cemetery, at the corner of East Lake Street and Twenty-first Avenue South in Minneapolis, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

Southeast corner of Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

The southeast corner of Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery Cemetery, at the corner of East Lake Street and Twenty-first Avenue South in Minneapolis, 2016. Photographed by Paul Nelson.

Black and white photograph of a cleanup at Layman’s (later renamed Pioneers and Soldiers) Cemetery, 1925.

Cleanup at Layman’s Cemetery

A cleanup at Layman’s (later renamed Pioneers and Soldiers) Cemetery, 1925.

Black and white photograph of Martin Layman, one of the founders of Layman’s (later Pioneers and Soldiers) Cemetery, ca. 1875.

Martin Layman

Martin Layman, one of the founders of Layman’s (later Pioneers and Soldiers) Cemetery, ca. 1875.

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