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Postcard view of the Flats, 1910.
Looking north along Wabasha, the Flats, 1904.
West Side Flats and Wabasha Bridge, 1904.
Lower West Side and Wabasha Bridge, c.1885.
Looking north across the Flats during high water 1881. The raised street is Wabasha.
Downtown St. Paul and West Side Flats, 1867. Lithograph by Albert Ruger.
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.
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.
The tombstone of fur trader and entrepreneur Norman Kittson in St. Paul’s Oakland Cemetery. Photographed by Paul Nelson on April 20, 2014.
The tombstone of Minnesota governor Alexander Ramsey and his wife, Anna Earl Ramsey, in St. Paul’s Oakland Cemetery. Photographed by Paul Nelson on April 20, 2014.
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