Any casual glance at a map makes it pretty clear that West St. Paul’s name is kind of weird. The city is not west of St. Paul, but directly south. So why is it West St. Paul?
Here’s a view looking west along Butler Avenue at the eastern edge of West St. Paul in 1961 and today in 2021.
The City of West St. Paul is actually the third iteration, and the story of how it came to be includes bankruptcy, shifting borders, and a rivalry that continues today.
The Southview Square shopping center is 50 years old. Here’s a look at it in 1988 and 2021.
Forty Acres is the northern-most neighborhood in West St. Paul, a square notch that sticks above the usual city boundary of Annapolis Street, yet is still part of West St. Paul. How did this odd square come to be?
The corner of Stryker and Arion once housed a series of businesses, but has been vacant since 1982.