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What's in a Name?

The original white settlement on the banks of the Mississippi here was called "Pig's Eye Landing." Now, wouldn't that have been a much better name? Certainly it would be more memorable. I suppose they could have dropped "Landing" and just called it "Pig's Eye," and it still would stands out in a colorful and historic way.

(I did a VT "places" search for "Pig's Eye," and there's only two: "Pig's Eye Island Number 1," and "Pig's Eye Island Number 2." (Neither one of them has any tips.) But if you do a "places" search for St. Paul, you'll find 7 full pages worth.)

At any rate, they really know how to enjoy summer here in Pig's Eye. They have to, since they have six months of winter. You could call this photo my homage to Renoir. It was taken at the outdoor patio of the W.A. Frost Restaurant in the fashionable Ramsey Hill neighborhood.

Summer in the City

St. Paulians out for an evening stroll - enjoying the view of Lake Phelan.

St. Paul's in St. Paul

You might not think of St. Paul as a likely place for such a large and well-situated Cathedral, but it just goes to show you that there's more to Minnesota than Lutherans and Lutefisk. The spire atop the dome reaches a heigh of 306 feet above the ground, and the nave of the Cathedral can easily accomodate 5,000 people. How's that for Superlatives?

The Architect of the Cathedral was a Frenchman, Emmanuel Masqueray, trained at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Incidentally, he was also chief designer for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Construction on the Cathedral began in 1904 and was not completed until 1941 when the Rose Windows were installed. As they say, St. Paul wasn't built in a day.

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  • Dec 8, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    He-he - this was a spot-on find about St. Paul - I'm reading a story set down the hill from Summit Avenue - thanks for taking me up there - cheers, Marina ;-))

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    Sep 7, 2007 at 7:02 AM

    6 pm - it's 9pm in Venice! (Had to leave the old comment - oh great days - had a Proustian moment there - the foyer of Casa San'Andrea) Might be about to go on a Fitzgerald jag. Just coming out of a Spark and Pym jag. Are you on a jag?

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    Sep 7, 2004 at 4:56 AM

    I never knew about the great old mansions in St. Paul. They remind me of the mansions of Newport, RI.


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