On this day in 1841...


Father Lucien Galtier completes construction of his church, and dedicates it to "St. Paul, the apostle of nations," which would become the new moniker for the community, replacing the less appealing title of "Pig's Eye," which had been named for Pierre Parrant and a tavern he built on Lambert's Landing.

The church would later serve as a school for the Sisters of St. Joseph, which was dismantled in 1856.

In 1849 on this same day, St. Paul would be named the capital of the newly formed Minnesota Territory, which was incorporated into the United States March 3, 1849. When Minnesota obtained statehood in 1858, it would become the state's capital as well.

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