Visit The Beautiful, Historic Small Town That Was Almost Minnesota’s Capital

Many don’t know that once upon a time, the beautiful towns of St. Peter and St. Paul were both considered as an option for MN’s state capital. In 1857, before Minnesota was a state, Joseph Rolette, a politician, holed up in a hotel in the Twin Cities with the bill that, if it had been signed by territorial governor Willis Gorman, would have relocated the capital. Today the town is home to Gustavus Adolphus College, and is still one of the most scenic places to visit in the entire state.

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A trip to this historic city will always be phenomenal, and once you head there – make sure to stop at these other small towns that hold the keys to MN’s past!