Post by ● Sep 9, 2015

St. Paul: Dayton’s Bluff

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Dayton’s Bluff is a neighborhood on the east side of the Mississippi in the southeast part of Saint Paul. It is a historic neighborhood of almost 17,000 with exceptional views of the skyline, the Mississippi River and even downtown St. Paul, and is just fifteen minutes outside of the heart of Minneapolis. Dayton’s Bluff is Saint Paul’s biggest Historic District and possesses homes that fluctuate in style from from large Victorians to small worker cottages. The Mounds Theatre, the campus of Metropolitan State University, amazing coffee shops and restaurants, as well as three large parks: Indian Mounds, Swede Hollow, and Bruce Vento Nature, are located in the neighborhood.

The name of Dayton’s Bluff was derived from Lyman Dayton who lived from 1810 to 1865. On the southern portion is the highest elevation of Dayton’s Bluff along the Mississippi River. Dayton’s Bluff has houses dating from the 1850’s all the way to new construction. Other housing styles in Dayton’s Bluff include, Italianate, side-by-side double houses, craftsman foursquare, Dutch Colonial, bungalow, ramblers, and split-level. With so many options, homebuyers will find something they are looking for with greater ease in this historic city.

Obb’s Sports Bar & Grill was one of the first of 10 bars in St. Paul to be licensed after the repeal of Prohibition in the 1930’s, making this popular local hangout a historical piece of the community. The building started as a grocery & feed store back in 1919. Another great dining spot is the Swede Hollow Cafe, which was founded in 1997 in the historic Stutzman building. Patrons will appreciate the astonishing view of the downtown skyline. The cafe received its title from the historical Swede Hollow Park located behind the building. The distinct area has been a showcase on several PBS documentaries.

The Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood contains several parks. The most notable include:

Swede Hollow Park: Swede Hollow Park is known for its serenity and natural beauty. With scenic valleys as well as a graceful, trickling stream, visitors enjoy the tranquility provided by the park. While largely undeveloped, the park’s green space, benches, and biking and hiking trails make the park a perfect option for passive outdoor recreation.

Indian Mounds Regional Park: Indian Mounds Regional Park holds both scenic and historical significance for the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood. Home to six Native American burial mounds, the Indian Mounds Regional Park area was discovered in the 1800’s. Since then it has been a well-renowned location within St. Paul. Amenities at the park include BBQ grills, benches, biking and hiking trails, a picnic area, a playground, public art, restroom facilities, a shelter, and a softball field in addition to the historic Native American burial mounds. A place of quiet reflection, passive recreation, and community gatherings, Indian Mounds Regional Park is a cherished location within the community.

Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary: The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary is a scenic location full of natural beauty. Located along the Mississippi River and near the downtown area, the nature sanctuary features limestone and sandstone bluffs, spring-fed wetlands, excellent bird watching opportunities, rich Native American history, and outstanding views of the downtown skyline and Mississippi River. Visitors can appreciate the beauty on their own or make use of the outdoor classroom and educational markers.

Lower Landing Park: Lower Landing Park is located just outside of the downtown St. Paul area. Situated along the Mississippi River, the park’s open greens and numerous benches provide visitors with views of the river and Lambert’s Landing. With steamboats and river tows making their way along the river and through the landing, visitors can reflect on a time past and appreciate the serenity of the present.

If you have any questions regarding the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, or if you would like to sell or buy a house in the area, give Realtor David Olson ( a call at (952)314-9446. Thanks and have a great day!

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