Dayton's Bluff: Three Justices

Tour curated by: Special thanks to author Steve Trimble.

It is rare that nationally prominent judges were from the same town, but the fact that three important members of the judiciary not only lived in Saint Paul, but were from the same neighborhood is rare indeed.

They all went to Van Buren School--today’s Dayton’s Bluff Elementary-- at the same time and two of them were in the same scout troop. In their honor there is now a triangular site called Three Justices Park in Dayton’s Bluff at the intersection of Third and Maple Streets-near all of their boyhood homes-that is still under development.

Locations for Tour

Former chief justice of the U. S. Supreme Court Warren Burger (1907-1995) lived with his six siblings in a two-bedroom cottage at 695 Conway from 1914 to 1933. His father worked as a railway cargo inspector and sometime traveling salesman so the…

Harry Blackmun (1908-1999) and his family lived at 847 East Fourth Street after they moved to St. Paul from southern Illinois in 1910. His father was a businessman who owned nearby groceries at 198 Bates and 376 Maria. Harry attended Van Buren…

Edward Devitt (1911-1992) was born into an Irish working class family in Saint Paul. He attended Van Buren Elementary School where he was a younger schoolmate of Warren Burger and Harry Blackmun. After the death of his father in 1921, the family…