Manufacturing and Other Storefronts

Manufacturing uses were present along University and throughout the Frogtown neighborhood. Examples include the 1914 Ford Building, 117 W. University, an early motor vehicle manufacturing building and the former Old Home Dairy building at Western and University.

There were also manufacturers related to the railroads near the Dale Street Shops and a handful of different factories between Minnehaha and Como avenues. Yet there were also a handful of small manufacturing operations in modest buildings throughout the neighborhood.

Saint Paul didn’t adopt its first zoning code until the 1920s so it wasn’t unusual to have small manufacturing businesses right next to homes. These include a cigar factory turned artists’ studio and home at 629 Kent Street.

Frogtown has always been one of Saint Paul's most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Many 19th-century newcomers came to work for the railroads and railroad-related industries. Others opened their own small neighborhood businesses along University Avenue and the small business districts of Rice Street, Dale Street and at smaller nodes along Western and Victoria.

At one point in the early 20th century, Frogtown had more than four dozen small grocery stores, fruit and meat markets, and confectioneries.

Images

Eisenmenger Meat Market

Eisenmenger Meat Market

- 567 University Avenue - Date: 1917 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Eisenmenger Meat Company

Eisenmenger Meat Company

Employees gathered around the storefront. Photographer: Randolph R. Johnston Date: September 27, 1912 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Great Northern Railway, Dale Street Shops

Great Northern Railway, Dale Street Shops

Manufacturing uses were present along University and throughout the Frogtown neighborhood. Examples include manufacturers related to the railroads near the Dale Street Shops and a handful of different factories between Minnehaha and Como avenues. Photographer: Charles P. Gibson Date: Approximately 1925 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Dale and University

Dale and University

- Dale Street looking north from University Avenue - University Avenue was once home to one of the Twin Cities' busiest streetcar lines. The University Avenue line connected the downtown areas of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and also served the University of Minnesota. It also connected to several other streetcar lines including Rice Street and Dale Street. Photographer: Norton & Peel Date: May 8, 1952 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

General Oil Heat Company

General Oil Heat Company

- 779 University Avenue - Line of vehicles advertising the Mueller Furnacette. Also pictured: Edison Electrical Fixture Company, and J.P. Simpson Hardware and Plumbing. Photographer: Charles P. Gibson Date: 1925 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Nickel Joint Tavern

Nickel Joint Tavern

- 501 Blair Street - At one point in the early 20th century, Frogtown had more than four dozen small grocery stores, fruit and meat markets, and confectioneries. Many of these businesses were owned and operated by immigrants, including Dale Street Greenhouse, Dietsch's Hall, Willard's, and the Nickel Joint. Photographer: St. Paul Dispatch & Pioneer Press Date: November 16, 1957 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Nickel Joint Tavern

Nickel Joint Tavern

- Champion's Old Timers Baseball League - The Nickel Joint, which still operates as a bar, has been home to the Baseball Old Timers Hot Stove League since January 1939. The original group was founded in 1939 by 14 members of the New York Yankee's farm system who lived in Saint Paul. Date: 1941 Image courtesy of Amos Photo Company View File Details Page

Millinery store of Madam H. Hart

Millinery store of Madam H. Hart

- 425 University Avenue - Well into the 20th century, Frogtown's stretch of University Avenue was where neighborhood residents could shop for anything. Small family-run grocery stores, meat and fruit and vegetable markets provided food. General merchandise stores provided a wide variety of household goods. Confectionaries provided sweets and in some cases, a soda fountain counter. Milinery shops provided fine ladies' hats. Cobblers made shoes for the entire family. Date: Approximately 1890 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Lang's Sweet Shop

Lang's Sweet Shop

- University and Western - Well into the 20th century, Frogtown's stretch of University Avenue was where neighborhood residents could shop for anything. Small family-run grocery stores, meat and fruit and vegetable markets provided food. General merchandise stores provided a wide variety of household goods. Confectionaries provided sweets and in some cases, a soda fountain counter. Milinery shops provided fine ladies' hats. Cobblers made shoes for the entire family. Photographer: Mando Studio Date: 1933 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

University and Dale

University and Dale

- University Avenue looking west from Dale Street - University Avenue was once home to one of the Twin Cities' busiest streetcar lines. The University Avenue line connected the downtown areas of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and also served the University of Minnesota. It also connected to several other streetcar lines including Rice Street and Dale Street. Photographer: Norton & Peel Date: May 8, 1952 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Kim Long's Golden Dragon Restaurant

Kim Long's Golden Dragon Restaurant

- 439 University Avenue - In the 20th and 21st centuries, Hmong, Lao, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai and other Asian groups have settled in Frogtown, as have many from African nations. One of the earliest pioneers of this generation of businesspeople was Kim Long, who opened his Golden Dragon restaurant in the late 1970s. Painter: Alan Ominsky Date: 1981 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Snelling and University

Snelling and University

At one point in the early 20th century, Frogtown had more than four dozen small grocery stores, fruit and meat markets, and confectioneries. Date: Approximately 1921 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Snelling and University

Snelling and University

Southwest corner. Snelling Hotel is pictured. Photographer: Arthur J. Lund Date: 1932 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Former Cigar Factory

Former Cigar Factory

- 629 Kent Street - Saint Agnes Church (left) and former Cigar Factory (right) turned artist's studio. Date: July, 2013 Photo by: Kimmy Tanaka View File Details Page

Former Cigar Factory

Former Cigar Factory

Date: July, 2013 Photo by: Kimmy Tanaka View File Details Page

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Jane McClure, “Manufacturing and Other Storefronts,” Saint Paul Historical, accessed May 26, 2017, http://saintpaulhistorical.com/items/show/174.

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