Changing Neighborhoods

Many neighborhoods and communities in Saint Paul and Ramsey County have undergone radical change. Some of these, such as the Rondo neighborhood which was home to a thriving African-American community, have vanished. Ramsey County Historical Society will be posting past important articles that feature these changed neighborhoods from our magazine, Ramsey County History.

Featured image, above: The Rondo neighborhood in a black and white aerial photo, looking east from Grotto St. Back is marked: 4-10-1961 MN DOT 61-1418. Photo from the RCHS Collection.

05/04/2018: Small and Cohesive: St. Paul’s Resourceful African-American Community by Arthur C. McWatt. Published in Ramsey County History, Spring 1991, Vol. 26, #1.
PDF of A. McWatt article

05/07/2018: Lost Neighborhood: The Jews of Fourteenth Street Remembered, by Gene H. Rosenblum. Published in Ramsey County History, Spring 2007, Vol. 42, #1.
PDF of G. Rosenblum article

05/12/2018: Living La Vida en Ramsey County: A Journey through Ramsey County’s Mexican Past by Leila Renee Albert. Published in Ramsey County History, Fall 2011, Vol. 46, #3.
PDF of L. Albert article

05/15/2018: Lost Neighborhood: Borup’s Addition and the Prosperous Pioneer African Americans who Owned Homes There by David Riehle. Published in Ramsey County History, Fall 2002, Vol. 37, #3.
PDF of D. Riehle article

Gloss black and white birds eye-view photograph of the river separating the Como neighborhood and two-story brick buildings (Como shop factories). Handwritten on the back: “PD 10 270 32” “Como shops”. From the RCHS Collection.

05/18/2018: Swamps, Farms, Boom or Bust – Como Neighborhood’s Colorful History by Patricia Murphy and Gary Phelps. Published in Ramsey County History, 1983, Vol. 19, #1.
PDF of Murphy & Phelps article

Printed reproduction of the Swede Hollow neighborhood in St. Paul. The Theodore Hamm House is on the left of the photo atop the hill with Swede Hollow below. Back caption: “Theodore Hamm House & Brewery.” Circa 1890, from the RCHS Collection.

05/22/2018: Swede Hollow: Sheltered Society for Immigrants to St. Paul by Mollie Price. Published in Ramsey County History, 1982, Vol. 17, #2.
PDF of M. Price article