Through the American Volksmarch group every state has a Capital Walk. I've just never done the Minnesota one and while doing it, actually didn't go to the Capitol Building either since it's rather in my backyard where I live.
I started this walk along Grand Avenue, quite like the walk I reported recently under the post, Walking on Summit Avenue. That walk took me to the west while this one took me east.
Almost the first landmark of note is the place where F. Scott Fitzgerald lived as a child and young man.
As one walks east on Summit Avenue the houses get older and older -- as least old by American standards!
When the New York Life building was razed for new construction -- and pardon me, but there's nothing at this address of note -- the eagle sat next to parking ramp for several years.The Saint Paul Pioneer Press took on restoration of the eagle as part its 150th anniversary as a Minnesota newspaper.
Continuing along Summit Avenue I came to the James J. Hill house. James J. Hill was born in Canada in the 1830s and arrived in Minnesota as a young man. By the end of the 19th century he was one of the richest men in the United States. He founded the Great Northwest Railroad which connects Saint Paul to Seattle.
What I've been told that Hill was not Catholic, but his wife was, so a lot of money went across the street to also build the St. Paul Cathedral.
Next to the cathedral is St. Paul College. My older granddaughter who will now be living with me will attend here until she has completed what is called the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Then she may transfer to many other places to complete her bachelor's degree.
The walk took me to the Minnesota Historical Society. From the hallway there I got a much nicer picture of the cathedral.
This end of Selby is now lined with interesting restaurants and shops.
Moscow on the Hill is one example.
I also found another Little Free Library.
The St. Paul Curling Club is also located on this street.
And it was nice to see the flower boxes being changed from dried up evergreen to spring flowers.
The yellow flowers in the flower pot above is forsythia. When I was a kid we had these bushes around our home. My brother couldn't say forsythia and always called them "sissy bushes." It was fun to see sissy bush again.
Soon it was time to turn left on Dale. My book says this street suddenly appears on street maps in about 1870. It then marked the very western boundary of Saint Paul and the name is through to be associated with a natural valley or depression in that area.
I eventually made my way to the start point along Milton Street. My book tells me this street is named after the British poet, John Milton.
So I walked 7 K and learned a lot about streets and things not very far from home.