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.
It began as Minneapolis (or Layman’s) Cemetery, a privately owned burial ground, in 1858. By 1919 it was full, with more than 27,000 bodies, and was closed by the City of Minneapolis. Only a handful of burials have taken place there since. It is the oldest cemetery in Minneapolis.
Indochinese Refugee Households in the Twin City Metro Area, December 1980. Scanned image is from, Public Welfare Department: Refugee Programs Office records, 1975–1986, State Archives Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.