Neighborhood Spotlight: Dayton's Bluff

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 7:34am.

Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood


Imagine buying a home in St. Paul in a neighborhood that allows you to walk in the footsteps of ancient Native American tribes. If you move to Dayton’s Bluff, that’s exactly what you’ll get. This is an area of our city where thousands of years ago, our original inhabitants lived and thrived, an area rich in history and culture.

Today, Dayton’s Bluff, a St. Paul Historic District, offers homebuyers a diverse assortment of homes for sale. Sure, you’ll also find remnants of a proud and dignified people that called the area home so long ago, and a lot more - all this, just five minutes from downtown St. Paul.

Today we take a look at some of our favorite parts of the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.

Parks in Dayton’s Bluff

Pity the homeowners in St. Paul’s neighborhoods that lack a park for its residents because in Dayton’s Bluff you’ll find three. The largest among them is the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary with 27 acres of riverfront habitat to explore. Then, there is India Mounds Park where you can immerse yourself in your neighborhood’s ancient culture.

According to Minnesota’s National Park Service, the Hopewell tribe created the first burial mounds found in the park. It is in these mounds that they placed the ashes of the deceased along with mementos such as tools and pottery. Here you can take to the trails or picnic with an amazing view of both the St. Paul and Minneapolis skylines.

Finally, there’s Swede Hollow Park, a beacon to residents from across the city for the events that are held there every year. It’s also a popular place to hike and bike the Bruce Vento Regional Trail that connects this park to the other two. Wildlife abounds here in this oasis in the middle of the city while historic buildings surround it. The MinnPost’s Andy Sturdevant wrote a wonderfully detailed piece about the history of Swede Hollow, by the way, that is worth a read.

The Mounds Theatre

Dayton’s Bluff is home to the historic Mounds Theatre, dating back to 1922. Here, residents can enjoy live theatre, musical performances and more. This is definitely the center of the neighborhood’s arts and culture community. The Collectivus Dance Fall Season Show starts here next week, on February 6.

Metropolitan State University

Dayton’s Bluff is also home to Metropolitan State University, a public university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Some of the latter include computer science (MS), psychology (MA), business administration (MBA), criminal justice (MS) and more.

Speaking of criminal justice, three prominent Supreme Court justices – Warren Burger, Harry Blackmun and Edward Devitt - all hailed from Dayton’s Bluff.

Check out the listings of houses for sale in Dayton’s Bluff.


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