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Did You Know
A 12-acre site on Lafond Avenue, once home to the Sisters of Good Shepherd Convent, will someday become an urban farm, recreation area and nature sanctuary for Frogtown.
The site was purchased by the Trust for Public Land from the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.
Polish, German, and Irish immigrants were among the early inhabitants of Frogtown; the area continues to feature a diverse mix of cultures and cuisines.
Historic Frogtown, located north of University Avenue, starting near the Minnesota State Capitol at Rice Street and ending west at Lexington Parkway, has, from its earliest days, been home to immigrants from around the world.
Originally settled in the 1860s, the neighborhood gets its name from its first European settlers, German-Bohemians, who noted the number of frogs that lived in the swampy terrain and called the area “Froschenberg” or “frog city.” Families from Southeast Asia, Africa and Central and South America arrived in the late 20th century, creating one of the most ethnically diverse communities
in the region.
University Avenue storefronts, home to dozens of small businesses, reflect the history of commerce along what was once one of the region’s busiest streetcar lines. Historic buildings where car dealerships, theaters, night clubs and industrial showrooms once thrived now offer restaurants, grocery stores, retail and service businesses from around the world. The rich variety of places to visit, things to do and food to eat make Historic Frogtown an ideal choice for visitors looking for a first-hand experience of Saint Paul’s many cultures.
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