Black and white photograph of the wading pool being built in Central Park, 1929.

Constructing the wading pool, Central Park, St. Paul

Building the wading pool in St. Paul's Central Park, 1929. The view is south-southeast. Photograph by the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press.

Tinted photographic postcard on paper. Its view faces northwest across Central Park toward the (then new) State Capitol, c.1915.

View of the State Capitol and Central Park, St. Paul

Tinted photographic postcard on paper. Its view faces northwest across Central Park toward the (then new) State Capitol, c.1915.

Black and white photograph looking northwest across Central Park, St. Paul, c.1900.

Looking northwest across Central Park, St. Paul

Looking northwest across the park, c.1900. The turreted house near the center is, or are, the Hardenbergh and Blood mansions, a double house designed by Clarence H. Johnston. To the right, at the north end of the park is the Uri Lamprey house, which predated the park. The west wing Minnesota Judicial Center now occupies that site.

Black and white photograph of Central Park Place East, with the James Humphrey House and the Gustave Schurmeier rowhouses, c.1900.

Central Park, St. Paul with the James Humphrey House and the Gustave Schurmeier rowhouses

Photograph of Central Park Place East, with the James Humphrey House and the Gustave Schurmeier rowhouses, c.1900.

Black and white photograph of St. Paul's Central Park fountain, c.1898.

Central Park fountain, St. Paul

Photograph of St. Paul's Central Park fountain, c.1898.

Black and white photograph looking south across the park, 1898.

Bird's Eye View of Central Park, St. Paul

Looking south across the park, 1898. The big apartment building is the Macey. The steeple belongs to Central Park Methodist Church.

Tinted photographic postcard on paper depicting Minnesota Street in St. Paul's Central Park, c.1895.

Minnesota Street and Central Park, St. Paul

Tinted photographic postcard on paper depicting Minnesota Street in St. Paul's Central Park, c.1895.

Central Park, St. Paul

St. Paul's Central Park began in 1885 as an amenity for a new, upscale neighborhood north of the business district. As the city around it changed, so did the park; by the 1930s it had become a playground and meeting place for children and students. In 1975 it became a parking ramp.

Black and white photograph of Swede Hollow, c.1969.

Swede Hollow after being cleared out

Swede Hollow, c.1969.

Black and white photograph of the burning of Swede Hollow, St. Paul, 1956.

Burning of Swede Hollow, St. Paul

After deeming Swede Hollow an unhealthy place to live, the city evicted the remaining families and burned what structures remained, 1956. Photograph by the St. Paul Dispatch & Pioneer Press.

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