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Color image of a 1916 plat map of the Flats, except the northeast portion.

1916 plat map of the Flats, except the northeast portion

1916 plat map of the Flats, except the northeast portion. The main north-south streets were, left to right, Wabasha, Robert, and State. Plat Book of Saint Paul Minn. and Suburbs. Philadelphia: G.M. Hopkins & Co., 1916.

Color postcard view of the Flats, 1910.

Postcard view of the Flats

Postcard view of the Flats, 1910.

Black and white photograph looking north along Wabasha, the Flats, 1904.

Looking north along Wabasha, the Flats

Looking north along Wabasha, the Flats, 1904.

Black and white photograph of the West Side Flats and Wabasha Bridge, 1904.

West Side Flats and Wabasha Bridge

West Side Flats and Wabasha Bridge, 1904.

Black and white photograph of the lower West Side and Wabasha Bridge, c.1885.

Lower West Side and Wabasha Bridge

Lower West Side and Wabasha Bridge, c.1885.

Black and white photograph looking north across the Flats during high water 1881. The raised street is Wabasha.

Looking north across the Flats during high water

Looking north across the Flats during high water 1881. The raised street is Wabasha.

Color lithograph map of downtown St. Paul and West Side Flats, 1867. Lithograph by Albert Ruger.

Downtown St. Paul and West Side Flats

Downtown St. Paul and West Side Flats, 1867. Lithograph by Albert Ruger.

West Side Flats, St. Paul

From the 1850s to the 1960s, St. Paul’s West Side Flats was a poor, immigrant neighborhood, heavily Jewish and frequently flooded. In the early 1960s all residents were moved out to make way for an industrial park.

Smith, Alice Gustava (Sister Maris Stella) (1899–1987)

Alice Gustava Smith, better known by her students and readers as Sister Maris Stella, taught English at the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in St. Paul for nearly fifty years. During that time she also published books of verse that built her reputation as a skilled and spiritual poet.

Color image of Firefighter monument, 2014.

Firefighter monument

Photograph of a memorial to fallen firefighters erected by the Board of Fire Commissioners in St. Paul’s Oakland Cemetery in 1891. Photographed by Paul Nelson on April 25, 2014.

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