Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 33, Number 1: Spring 1998
Stairway to the Abyss: The Diverting Story of Cascade Creek and Its Journey under St. Paul
Author: Greg Brick
Among the many lost wetlands and watercourses of Ramsey County is Cascade Creek, which flowed from near Cretin-Derham Hall High School and tumbled over a cascade into the Mississippi near the old Omaha Railroad shops. In a marvel of detective work, the author found what remains of it in tunnels under the West Seventh Street neighborhood.
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Westminster Junction and Its Tunnels—An 1880s ‘Highway Intersection’ for the Railroads
Author: Andrew J. Schmidt
Modern cities do a remarkable job of hiding infrastructure below ground. This article describes the below-ground engineering of railroad access to St. Paul through the Trout Brook corridor. Too narrow to handle the vast traffic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, engineers multiplied its capacity through a series of tunnels beneath existing tracks. Though railroad traffic has declined, the Westminster tunnel complex is still there, for those who have eyes to see it.
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The Story of Rose Hanna and Her Journey from Old-World Palestine to St. Paul
Author: Rose Hanna, as told to Jean Hanna
Rose Hanna was born Wardeh Awwad in Jifna, Palestine. Soon after her marriage, in 1948, she became a Palestinian refugee. In 1956 she and her family landed in St. Paul. Seven years later she was a widow with four young children to support. It is the immigrants’ tale, this time with a 20th century, Middle Eastern flavor, and charmingly written.
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Upper Levee: Memories of Its People and Its Place in St. Paul History
Author: Joe Lepsche
This is a very useful survey of human activity at St. Paul’s lesser-known river levee. We get Hays/Phelan, the First Minnesota, Anthony Yoerg, Nina Clifford, The Bucket of Blood, the Germans, the Italians, the High Bridge, and Cossetta’s. All but the names are gone now, but the Upper Levee has new life.
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Growing Up in St. Paul: Dawn to Dusk: Grand Hill and Its Grand Fourth of July Extravaganza
Author: Charlotte McKendree Wright Lewis
This memoir begins around 1960. The author and her childhood chums organized elaborate Fourths—games, parades, speeches, posters, and more games in her Summit Hill neighborhood.
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Charles E. Twining, F.K. Weyerhaeuser: Beyond the Sawmill (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1997).
Steven M. Koop, M.D., We Hold This Treasure: The Story of Gillette Children’s Hospital (Afton, Minn.: Afton Historical Society Press, 1998).
Paul Clifford Larson, A Place at the Lake (Afton, Minn.: Afton Historical Society Press, 1998).
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