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  1. Thanks to Nextdoor​.com neigh­bor Dick Miller for point­ing out that the names of both Saint Paul and West Saint Paul are prop­er­ly spelled out, not abbre­vi­at­ed as “St.” I have cor­rect­ed this through­out and also amend­ed the North and South Saint Paul names, on the assump­tion that the same applies.

    Thanks also to three Nextdoor​.com neigh­bors (Dick Miller, Tim Plun­kett, Stephen Schele) for pro­vid­ing the only expla­na­tion for the ori­gin of the name “West Side” that has ever made any sense to me. It comes from steam­boat cap­tains. As they steam north, upriv­er, towards Saint Paul, the star­board side is east and port is west. So when they encounter what is now South Saint Paul, it is on the port or west side. As the riv­er sweeps through its S curve, the West Side is always to port and the rest of Saint Paul is starboard.

  2. South Saint Paul was called “South Park” at one point. I’ve run across this many times in cen­sus records doing ances­try research for my fam­i­ly. Do you know of the name rela­tion­ship between South Park and South Saint Paul?

  3. South Park is a neigh­bor­hood of South Saint Paul, from every indi­ca­tion I can find. Google Maps some­times has infor­ma­tion about such neigh­bor­hoods, and will high­light them upon a search, but not in this case.

    This walk­a­bil­i­ty web­site ( https://​www​.walkscore​.com/​M​N​/​S​o​u​t​h​_​S​t​.​_​P​aul ) says: "The most walk­a­ble South St. Paul neigh­bor­hoods are Hep­burn Park, River­side Park, and South Park." (Oth­ers are list­ed as Spring Park and Oak Park.)

    A real estate site ( https://​www​.zipreal​ty​.com/​f​o​r​-​s​a​l​e​-​h​o​m​e​s​/​S​o​u​t​h​-​P​a​r​k​-​S​o​u​t​h​-​S​t​.​-​P​a​u​l​-​M​N​-​1​1​9​1​87n ) lists homes for sale in South Park, South Saint Paul. Here is a Google Map show­ing 10 of those list­ings ( https://​dri​ve​.google​.com/​o​p​e​n​?​i​d​=​1​B​w​0​k​H​c​h​r​B​4​Z​Y​E​V​Q​s​r​X​Q​t​z​x​T​-​a​V​U​E​k​R​T​n​&​u​s​p​=​s​h​a​r​ing ). Should give a pret­ty good idea of the neighborhood's loca­tion and extent.

    The map also shows (red pin) the loca­tion of the first police sta­tion in town, in South Park, before 1887: "The sta­tion, if it could be called such, was a lit­tle two-room shack on the north side of Cen­tral Avenue." ( https://​www​.south​st​paul​.org/​D​o​c​u​m​e​n​t​C​e​n​t​e​r​/​V​i​e​w​/​2​9​5​/​P​o​l​i​c​e​-​D​e​p​a​r​t​m​e​n​t​-​H​i​s​t​o​r​y​?​b​i​dId= )

  4. We just had a day in La Crosse WI and took the riv­er road back. Went right through anoth­er one of the Saint Pauls that I had missed com­plete­ly in research­ing this piece. (To be fair, Saint Paul Park is not mod­i­fied by a com­pass direc­tion, which was the orig­i­nal remit.) Click the image for a larg­er version.

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