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What St. Paul, Minnesota Looked Like 75 Years Ago Will Surprise You

A lot of Minnesotans appreciate St. Paul today for its bustling business community, quaint neighborhoods, and most importantly, for the Xcel Energy Center where the Minnesota Wild play. 75 years ago, St. Paul was vastly different. During the 30s it was a notorious gangster hideout, attracting the likes of John Dillinger, Homer Van Meter and the Barker-Karpis Gang among others. The county courthouse was built, as was the Public Safety Building. Minnesota was hanging on as the flour milling capital of the world, while The Great Depression was relentlessly waging war against business everywhere. We found these 8 photos that provide a unique glimpse into the past of Minnesota’s capital during those tumultuous times.

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Jo Magliocco
Minnesota staff writer for Only in Your State and owner of Minnesota blog NorthGuide.co, I'm a Minneapolis transplant who loves my cats, camera, and local coffee. On the weekends I'm usually exploring the North Shore or making my way through the list of Minnesota's State Parks. Want to talk about MN or ask me a question? Tweet me @sotafiedjo!