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Early Development

updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Generally, development progressed outward from the original village center at the intersection of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad (now CP Rail) with Wooddale Avenue. However, this concentric pattern wasn't strong and was overtaken by Minneapolis expansion. By 1883, the western boundary of Minneapolis was at France Avenue. The Minneapolis...

St. Louis Park Historical Society & Depot

updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The St. Louis Park Historical Society was created in 1970 with the mission to Collect, Preserve and Disseminate knowledge about the history of St. Louis Park.
The Society operates two sites:
  • The Historic Milwaukee Road Depot in Jorvig Park, 37th and Brunswick Avenue. The Depot, which is maintained as a railroad museum, is open to the public on Saturday afternoons between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. from June 1 to mid-September. 
  • Lenox Community Center, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd. The office at Lenox is where the Society keeps its files, photographs, yearbooks, school materials and other records. It is open on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to Noon, and everyone is invited to come and do research or just talk history.
  • Both facilities are also available by appointment. Lenox is not open on the weekends, but is open evenings.

The extensive website of the Historical Society is It has hundreds of pages and photos that provide information about just about every aspect of Park’s past, including schools, businesses, people, buildings, streets, places of worship and much more.
The Re-Echo newsletter is published quarterly and is available on the website.
Something in the Water is a book of memoirs that the Society sells for $20. 
Oral histories and other programs are produced in conjunction with the city’s Community TV department. 
Membership dues is $20 per calendar year; sign-up information is available on the website’s home page. Membership in the Society not only provides critical operating funds but also shows potential funders that the mission of the Society is supported by the community.

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St. Louis Park City Hall
5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
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