August 2019 – Neighborhoods

RCHS Facebook Posts from March 2019 – Ramsey County Neighborhoods

Explore history with these snippets from past Facebook posts from the RCHS page.

Posts, event announcements, etc. have been edited for clarity and relevance.

This month we’re going to explore some of the neighborhoods that have made St. Paul and Ramsey County such a dynamic metropolitan area. There is also information on Swede Hollow and one of Saint Paul’s Jewish neighborhoods on the June 2019 – Immigration page.

Featured image: Aerial view of Saint Paul, hand-colored photo with the caption, “Copyright 1904, F.L. Wright Photo.” From the RCHS Collection.

In 1916, approximately 650 families called the West Side home. The West Side of St. Paul was originally home to immigrants who supplied the unskilled labor to the breweries, foundries, quarries and various manufacturing firms who made the area attractive to immigrants from Europe. In the early part of the 20th century, immigrants from Mexico and Latin America joined the immigrants from Russia, Ireland, Syria and other European countries. The influx of immigrants and the changeover in the neighborhood as people moved up and out of their initial poverty meant that the West Side was not a planned neighborhood, but grew organically as people came and went. For more see the article here.
Image: West Side Bluff. From the RCHS Collection.

The Payne/Phalen neighborhood has been home to immigrants throughout much of Saint Paul’s history. The settlement of the neighborhood began in the 1850s when immigrants moved to the area in search of jobs. The first inhabitants were the Swedes who settled in Swede Hollow and gave the area its name. As they became more prosperous, these families moved up and out of the Hollow, settling around Payne/Phalen, establishing businesses and homes. As they later moved out, they set a pattern that continued for decades – immigrants moving into Swede Hollow – including Polish, Italian and Mexican immigrants – then as they became established, moving out to the East Side. The Payne/Phalen neighborhood is now home to Hmong, Karen and Somali immigrant families, who are establishing their own businesses. More info on Swede Hollow @
Image: Saint Paul from West Third, captioned “Ingersoll Photo., St. Paul.” From the RCHS Collection.

What is old can become new again. Take, for example, the Yoerg Brewing Company that recently re-opened in St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood. This new brewery features beer that was first introduced in 1848 before Minnesota was even a state. German immigrant Anthony Yoerg opened a small brewery in St. Paul’s German Uppertown neighborhood near Seven Corners that today is home to the Xcel Energy Center. In 1871, Yoerg moved and expanded his brewery across the river along the bluffs at Ohio and Ethel Street in the town’s West Side neighborhood. The brewery survived Prohibition by serving soft drinks but closed its doors in 1952 after 103 years. Yoerg was history…until now…! Get more info about the new Yoerg Brewing Company @  or learn about the original Yoerg Brewery and other neighborhood breweries @


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