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NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY THROUGH MAPS

 

Check out this growing collection of neighborhood maps featuring the Hamline Midway area through the years.

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START HERE: Growth of the City of St. Paul, Minn. (1914)

This map, courtesy of History Corps member Mary Bakeman, maps the growth of our fair city over the decades. Interestingly enough, she found this page -- most likely from a City Annual Report -- loose in a book.Do you know where it may orginally have come from or have a copy? Contact Mary via Park Genealogical Books at http://www.parkbooks.com

 


Rose Township Map
(1867)
Though the roads are not labeled, one can see Territorial Road (see 1886 map below) and what appears to be University Avenue. The area around today's University & Snelling intersection is marked "Roseville". This also shows up in some of the later maps below.

 


Rice's Map of Saint Paul
(1874)
Rice's Map of Saint Paul - detail of Hamline Midway (1874)

A number of interesting things are visible in this map of the city and neighborhood:
- College Place, the under-construction Hamline University campus
- The Hamline train depot, just the north of campus
- Further north, the "Alms House", at the site of the current Minnesota State Fairgrounds, labeled "Ramsey County Poor Farm in the 1867 map
- One of several sites for the State Fair (and Driving Park), just south of present-day University Avenue

But perhaps most striking is the obvious lack of development in the neighborhood. Just a decade later, as seen in the next map, nearly all the land in the area has been divided and subdivided.

 

E.S. Norton Real Estate Map of Saint Paul - Title (1886)
E.S. Norton Real Estate Map of Saint Paul - Hamline Midway detail (1886)

Several interesting features of this map include the Hamline train depot (just north of campus) and the angled Territorial Road, once the "main drag" between Saint Paul and the village of Saint Anthony, what would eventually grow into Minneapolis. Territorial Road is gone now, except for one remaining block-long stretch -- the angled alley on the block bordered by Aldine & Wheeler, Blair & Van Buren.

 

Plat Map of Hamline Midway (1886)
(Map courtesy of Donald Empson)

A more detailed and, presumably, more precise map than the 1886 Norton Real Estate Map above, this shows the Hamline train depot, building footprints, and a well-defined Tatum Park neighborhood (far left of map).

 

 

Hand-drawn Map by J.S. Hasslen, Sr. (1890-1900)

This amazing map, created by Hamline, Minnesota resident John S. Hasslen, tells many stories. Hasslen, apparently, was quite a character -- check out photos of him from the Minnesota Historical Society's Visual Resources Database here.

See online images:

Large jpeg file, 8.7 MB or
small jpeg file, .2 MB

or Download very large PDF (14.5 MB)

J.S. Hasslen map

 


Page from U.S. Atlas Showing Saint Paul
(circa 1905-10)
Page from U.S. Atlas Showing Saint Paul - Hamline Midway detail (circa 1905-10)
(Map courtesy of Mark Thieroff)

This map shows the Hamline Midway area in transition:
- The last days of the diagonal
Territorial Road just west of Snelling Avenue; most of it was to disappear as the surrounding blocks were developed in the early 1910s
- The former
Union Stock Yards and Union Park (including a train depot on the south end of the park)
- The early days of development north and east of the
State Fair Grounds
- Various buildings of the
Northern Pacific Railroad yards


Plat Map - Featuring Snelling & University area (1907-08) NEW!
Borders: Fairview Ave., Minnehaha St., Lexington Ave., and Marshall Ave.

Notable features include:
- Top/right of map, Copyright date of "1907" changed by hand to "1908"
- Top/left of map, remnants of Territorial Road marked as "vacated"
- Nearly all of area subdivided, but very few homes and other structures
- Water mains and sewers, marked in blue, just starting to reach into neighborhood, south of Minnehaha Avenue
- Southeast corner of University & Snelling is empty; see 1914 map below for future developments.
Southwest corner also shows large set-back along University
- Corrections/changes have been made several places on this map; look for lighter/white paper overlays


Plat Map - Featuring Snelling & University area (1914) NEW!
Borders: Fairview Ave., Minnehaha St., Lexington Ave., and Marshall Ave.
(Map courtesy of Nancy Fischer)

This colorful map shows the same geographic area as the 1907-08 map above, but with some significant development, especially along University Avenue at Snelling:
- The Snelling Avenue Station & Shops of the Twin Cities Rapid Transit Company (T.C.R.T. Co.)
now occupies the southeast corner of this busy intersection. Learn more about this site here; the Snelling Hotel sits at the southwest corner
- At the top/left of the map, there are also more structures along Minnehaha Street, Van Buren, and cross streets
- The heavy black dashed lines represent streetcars: Along University Avenue, up Snelling Avenue, and Thomas to Hamline to Minnehaha

 


Map of the Great Midway Manufacturing-Industrial-Educational-Residential Center (1923)
Map of the Great Midway - Title
Map of the Great Midway - detail

This map, sponsored by the Twin City Business University, includes some interesting neighborhood statistics in the Title image.

 


New Map of Saint Paul and Suburbs, Hudson Map Company (1956)
(Map courtesy of Triesta Brown)
New Map of Saint Paul and Suburbs - Midway Corridor Detail
New Map of Saint Paul and Suburbs - Hamline Midway Detail
New Map of Saint Paul and Suburbs - Front Cover
New Map of Saint Paul and Suburbs - Back Cover
New Map of Saint Paul and Suburbs - Title & Legend

A number of interesting details can be found in the Hamline Midway detail:
- St. Paul Bible School (just North of Horton Park), now a high rise and former home of the Norwegian Lutheran Seminary
- Twin City Rapid Transit Co. car barns, SE corner of University & Snelling
- Northern Pacific Hospital on Charles Avenue, 2 blocks East of Snelling
- Branch Post Offices: SW corner of University & Snelling, NE corner of University at Prior
- The former Tatum School, just South of Newell Park, destroyed by fire in 1962 (see images via Minnesota Historical Society)
- Lexington Baseball Park, at the SW corner of Lexington Parkway & University

 

Hamline Midway neighborhood TODAY via Google Maps

Have some fun playing around with this -- zoom in or out and view a map or satellite version.

Stay tuned for more soon!

 


14 JUN 2011

Hamline Midway History Corps
www.HamlineMidwayHistory.org
Saint Paul, Minnesota