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Saint Paul, Minnesota: A History

Saint Paul, Minnesota is a charming mix of the old and new. Historic buildings dot the horizon, yet the city pulses with fresh, urban energy. Enjoy a stay at Crowne Plaza St. Paul Hotel – Riverfront, located in downtown overlooking the river, and discover Minnesota's unforgettable Capital City.

Settlers from the young United States began to move into the territory following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The choice location along the bend of the Mississippi River supported several small communities, which grew into the modern day Twin Cities, Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The territory's first Catholic minister, Lucien Galtier, is credited with naming the town after his favorite saint.

When Minnesota became a state in 1858, Saint Paul was selected as the capital city. By this time, Saint Paul was known in the shipping trade as "The Last City in the East" thanks to the peculiar geography of the northern Mississippi. The major landing point contributed greatly to the success of the region.

Saint Paul boomed in the 1970s and 80s, leading to the building-up and modernization of the downtown area. Much of the city's historic charm remains amidst the skyscrapers, however, as evidenced in the beautiful Capitol campus.

Saint Paul Today

Today St. Paul is a dynamic business, culture and entertainment destination thriving with world-class attractions. Just half a mile from our downtown St. Paul hotel, you can experience the best of the city at the Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul RiverCentre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and the esteemed Science Museum of Minnesota.

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You've read about it, now experience it for yourself. Stay at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul, the favorite of downtown St. Paul hotels, for an exciting Minnesota vacation. Book Now.