A Hotel of Refinement


The Hotel St. Francis building was erected for George Benz and Sons on the site of the old St. Paul Library after it was destroyed by a fire in 1915. Fred C. Norlander was awarded the building contract.The 215 room St.Francis Hotel and the New Palace Theater opened up in 1916.The name of the theater […]

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Remembrance Advertising


  Brown & Bigelow was founded in 1896 by Herbert Bigelow and Hiram Brown. Throughout its history, Brown & Bigelow has been a St. Paul resident. In its first 11 years, the firm outgrew three locations and then settled on a 17-acre site that was once the Lexington horse race track in the Hamline-Midway area […]

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Down at the Depot


Built in 1898 The Milwaukee Road Depot and Freight House on the corner of Washington and 3rd Avenue was the “head station” and end of the line for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad Company. At its peak in 1920, the facility served 29 trains a day. The Depot’s original 140 foot tower […]

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Without Drugs or Knives


Dr. Reinhardt Sullwold opened his first Chiropractic Sanitarium on Stevens Avenue in 1903. Most of his patients were injured farmers. They came in by train from as far away as North Dakota and often stayed through the winter in hopes of being able to return to their fields in the spring. After Sullwold passed away […]

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