The Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, just east of downtown St. Paul, derives its name from Lyman Dayton (1810-1865), East Coast business owner and real estate developer who arrived in the area by steamboat on the Mississippi River in 1849. Upon seeing the potential in the landscape, he purchased 5000 acres on the bluffs of the river, which became the home of thousands of immigrants arriving over the ensuing years. Today this historic neighborhood still has homes dating from those earliest years in a variety of styles - from Victorian and Colonial to craftsman and bungalow.
The area is home to three beautiful parks, Indian Mounds (with paved trails and outstanding views of the St. Paul and Minneapolis skylines), Swede Hollow (with superior hiking trails), and Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary (for good bird-watching) as well as Metropolitan State University and a lively selection of coffee shops and restaurants. Its boundaries are Grove Street and East 7th on the north, Johnson Parkway and Minnehaha Avenue on the east, Warner Road and the Mississippi River on the south, and Lafayette Road and Interstate 35E on the west.
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