Looking at this preserve it is hard to imagine the shrill sounds, bustling Shops, and iron horses built and maintained here well over 100 years ago.
Native Americans traveled through and used this landscape for thousands of years before . . . — — Map (db m137697) HM
You are standing at the turntable of the St. Paul & Duluth Roundhouse.
Round and Round They Go
A roundhouse, or engine house, is named for its distinctive shape and used for repairing and storing locomotives. Turntables allowed for efficient . . . — — Map (db m137787) HM
Lake Phalen has long been a magnet for people looking for a place to gather and connect with nature. As early as 1879, the Phalen Chain of Lakes was advertised as a resort area with excellent boating, fishing and hunting opportunities. The park was . . . — — Map (db m135563) HM
The intersection of Phalen Creek and the Frost Avenue Bridge is indicative of constructed change for social, economic, and recreational activity over the years. The waterways in this area that connect Gervais Lake, Keller Lake, and Lake Phalen have . . . — — Map (db m135839) HM
This landscape has changed many times over the 12,000 years since the glaciers. A thousand years after the glaciers retreated spruce forests dominated, with mastodons and other mega fauna common.
As time passed the climate warmed drying the . . . — — Map (db m138004) HM
Minnesota has some of the most interesting geological history found anywhere on Earth. Depending on where you stand in the state you can see rock formed 3.6 billion years ago and then exposed during the last ice age.
The bedrock soils beneath . . . — — Map (db m137788) HM
Established in 1893 on the grounds of the county almshouse and poor farm, the Ramsey County Cemetery was a "Potter's Field" for indigent persons, the homeless, and patients at Ancker Hospital who died without friends or relatives to pay funeral . . . — — Map (db m137610) HM
The Gladstone Shops were completed in 1888 at over one quarter of a million dollars. An orderly array of rail lines marched across the site paralleling fuel and raw material sheds, maintenance shops, a well, 1800 feet of sewer and a 100-foot . . . — — Map (db m212610) HM
The well at the Gladstone Shops was crucial for site operation. The Shops used between 80,000 and 100,000 gallons of water per day. Without water the Shops and the locomotives they built and maintained would have come to a standstill. Water was used . . . — — Map (db m212724) HM
This waterfall was originally constructed in the 1950's as a way to replenish the receding water level in Lake Phalen. Water was drawn from a well at the top of the falls which then flowed over a stone wall into the lake. Operation of the . . . — — Map (db m135561) HM