Saint Paul in Ramsey County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Welcome to Dale Street Station
The Frogtown neighborhood developed in the late 19th Century as residents spilled over from the adjacent downtown area. Many of these early residents worked in the growing railroad industry or at the Saint Paul Foundry, which operated through the 1980s. Minnesota's first locomotive run occurred on the rail tracks that served as the neighborhood's northern border in 1862.
The origins of the Frogtown name are difficult to pin down, but likely came from the prevalence of frogs in what was originally a swampy, sparsely populated section of St. Paul. In fact, many of the early homes built in the neighborhood began to sink into the muck. Early German residents called the area Froschburg - literally frog city.
Frogtown has long served as a welcoming community for immigrants and remains among the most diverse neighborhoods in St. Paul. German, Irish, and Scandinavian immigrants were among the neighborhood's first residents. More recently, Frogtown has been influenced by residents of Hmong, Latino and Somali descent.
Community support helped revitalize the University Avenue and Dale Street intersection and led to the completion of Frogtown Square, a mixed-use building home to small businesses and senior housing. The community is now rallying around plans to create Frogtown Park and Farm, where recreation, nature
This mix of history, culture and cooperation defines Frogtown and will continue to shape its development in the decades to come.
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Before it was developed in the late 19th Century, the residential area north of University Avenue was swampy and sparsely populated. The large presence of frogs likely led to the Frogtown name.
Frogtown residents are working with the City of St. Paul, Frogtown Farm and the Trust for Public Lands to develop Frogtown Park and Farm. The 12-acre site at 919 Lafond Ave will include natural and recreation areas, as well as an urban demonstration farm.
Frogtown Square, at University Avenue and Dale Street, was completed in 2011 following more than a decade of work by local non-profits and community members. The building includes affordable senior housing and mix of small businesses.
Erected 2014 by MetroTransit.
Location. 44° 57.347′ N, 93° 7.659′ W. Marker is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in Ramsey County. Marker is on University Avenue east of Dale Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at the west end of the westbound Green Line light rail station. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Paul MN 55103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Victoria Street Station (approx. half a mile away); F. Scott Fitzgerald House (approx. one mile away); The New York Life Eagle (approx. 1.1 miles away); Cathedral of Saint Paul (approx. 1.1 miles away); Cathedral of Saint Paul Cornerstone (approx. 1.1 miles away); Summit Lookout Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); St. Paul Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Leif Erikson (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Paul.
Also see . . . Frogtown Neighborhood Association. (Submitted on December 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 278 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.