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Saint Paul is the capitol and second-most populous city of Minnesota. Along with the City of Minneapolis, St. Paul is known as the "Twin Cities," which is the 16th largest metropolitan area in the United States with about 3.5 million residents. The city's population is an estimated 287,151. Saint Paul serves as the county seat of Ramsey County, the smallest and most densely-populated county in Minnesota.
Fort Snelling was established in 1819 to establish American dominance of the fur-trading industry at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. As the whiskey trade started to flourish, the military officers in Fort Snelling banned the distillers from the fort land. A retired French Canadian fur trader turned bootlegger, Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant moved his operation to the north bank of the river in what is now downtown Saint Paul. There Parrant established the area which became known as "L'Oeil de Cochon" (which is French for "Pig's Eye") and the new location began to be settled by French Canadians. A treaty with the natives secured the city for white settlement in 1837. In 1841, the settlement was named Saint-Paul by Father Lucien Galtier. a priest from France, in honor of Paul the Apostle. By the early 1840s the area had become important as a trading center, a stopping point for settlers heading west, and was known regionally as Pig's Eye or Pig's Eye Landing.
The Minnesota Territory was formalized in 1849 with Saint Paul named as its capitol. In 1854, Saint Paul incorporated as a city and in 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the union with Saint Paul becoming the capital of the 32nd state.
Wealthy businessmen such as James C. Burbank, the owner of the Minnesota Stage Company, which held a state-wide monopoly controlling 1,600 miles of stage-lines by 1865, started to spend their fortunes building grand estates. Burbank's Home was one of the first mansions to be built high on the bluffs on Summit Avenue. By the end of the 19th century, his was only one of hundreds of impressive edifices in the Historic Hill District, the West Summit Avenue Historic District, the Woodland Park District, Dayton's Bluff, and the Irvine Park Historic District, where the powerful and wealthy resided.
Saint Paul is a thriving commercial center. It is home to Fortune 500 company headquarters, large regional enterprises and countless small businesses and professional firms. Large-scale developments like the Central Corridor continue to unfold.
Major corporations headquartered in Saint Paul include Ecolab, Securian Financial Group Inc., Lawson Software, a business software and support company, and Gander Mountain. Saint Paul is known for the Xcel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild, and for the Science Museum of Minnesota
With approximately 39,000 students, St. Paul Public Schools is Minnesota's largest school district. Through highly trained and deeply dedicated staff, innovative education programs, and the support of the community, they offer students and families a world of opportunities. The student population is diverse. Students hail from countries throughout the world, speak more than 100 languages and dialects, and come to the district with an array of educational experiences and skills.
St. Paul is second in the United States in the number of higher education institutions per capita. Higher education institutions that call St. Paul home include three public and eight private colleges and universities and five post-secondary institutions. Well-known colleges and universities include the Saint Catherine University, Concordia University, Hamline University, Macalester College, and the University of St. Thomas. Metropolitan State University and Saint Paul College, which focus on non-traditional students, are based in Saint Paul, as well as two law schools, William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law.
Parks and Recreation:
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation manages more than 170 parks and open spaces, an award-winning and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 25 city-operated recreation centers, four municipal golf courses, more than 100 miles of trails, an indoor and outdoor aquatic facility, a public beach, a variety of premium sports facilities, and the Great River Passage which is the new identity for Saint Paul’s more than 17 miles of Mississippi River riverfront.