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Between the Cities!
Something about the Phenome nal Development Betiean St. Fail and Minns- apolis, That is Soon to Unite tie Twin C.t es of tne Northwestin One Great Metrtpjlis. The Suburbs cf"Herriain Park," "Midway He^ts," fllni3n Park," " Minnesota Transfer," "(Jam by Park." Where the Business Heart of the Northwestern Me tropolis Is to Be Developed. The Future Site of the State Capitol —Where Investors May Put Their Money and Get Greatest Returns. According to the state census recently taken the cities of St. Paul and Minne apolis aggregate more than 240,000 popu lation. The corporate limits of the two municipalities join, yet there is a stretch of comparatively open country, about four miles wide, between the solidly-built-up portions of both towns. This open space has, however, attracted of late the special attention of trade, commerce and popula tion, and the result has been the sudden and altogether phenomenal development witnessed at and about Minnesota Trans fer during the past two years. This de velopment is localized at Minnesota Trans fer, where the vast freightage of the entire Northwest is handled, and which already requires facilities of scores of miles of trackage, miles of freight-warehouse room, acres upon acres of cattle sheds and yards, a large elevator, and the labor of 500 or more men; at Union, Merriam and St. Anthony Parks, where hundreds of beautiful residences have been built within two years; at Macalester College, where houses are now springing up like magic and where the new college was re cently opened; at Hamline University, where is one of the most securely estab lished educational institutions in the Northwest; at the great shops of the Northern Pacific Road, where several thousand men will be afforded daily em ployment; at the State Exposition grounds which for all time are to be the location of the annual exhibit of whatever is worth seeing of the marvelous products of the great Northwest. These various and specified locations ar<e all within the so-called Midway district and constitute the nuclei of the upbuilding which in less than five years will make St. Paul and Minneapolis one, in fact, if not in name. The most important point among those enumerated is Minne sota Transfer, not only be cause it is the central freight depot of every line of rail way reaching St. Paul and Minneapolis, but also be cause it is the exact midway spot between the two cities, and between the various railway lines traversing the district. The developments here are so extended and are going forward so rapidly, that nothing short of per sonal inspection will give even a faint idea of what the present is, and what the fu ture is to be, of this central business point between St. Paul and Minneapolis. Al ready shrewd calculators are beginning to see that it is only a question of a few years when this must be the actual hub of the business wheel formed by the union of the two cities. Here must arrive and depart, by rail, all of the merchandise con sumed in the Northwest, and all of the varied products of that great country on their way to Eastern markets. AVithin four or five years it will become one of the largest freight distributing points on the continent. Realizing these facts, merchants and manufacturers are already seeking business locations contiguous to the Transfe: grounds; lumbermen are es tablishing yards; wholesal ers are getting ready to erect warehouses; many elevators must be built; and every rail way that seeks Northwest ern trade must have close connection with this spot either by its own or leased lines. As the railway center, therefore, it must in time be come one of the most impor tant business centers of the future metropolis. The lo cality is reached from depots in either city in 12 minutes by half hourly trains, includ ing those of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul and St.Paul, Minneapolis & Man itoba Short Lines. Recent ly there has been a quiet but shrewd endeavor on the part of far-seeing investors to se cure property abutting oiii the grounds of the Transfer and now everything desira ble is so occupied that but comparatively little space remains that is purchasable. Of this remaining space, we hold by far the largest por tion, and by all odds the best and most desirable por tion. This frontage on the grounds of the Transfer, and between the lines _ of the short-line roads, is just one half mile, and embraces nearly all the eastern front age not devoted to the resi dence locality atUnionPark. it is so located that side tracks from the Transfer may be run in at any point. This entire frontage is for sale, by the acre, at prices which we feel warranted in saying are not more than one-fifth of what they will be in five years from this time. Adjoining the strip fronting the Transfer to be sold to manufacturers and for business purposes ex clusively is the plat of "Mid way Heights," which we have no hesitancy in saying is the most beautiful plat of ground ever offered for resi dence sites in the city of St. Paul. It is heavily timbered with enormous white and red oak trees, clear of under brush, in fact, a natural park of unsurpassed beauty. It is but a few minutes' walk to Merriam Park depot on the south or Hamline depot on the east. It is but Bor 10 minutes' walk to Hamline University. The view from this locality is extended. We can sell you a choice residence site, fronting on one of the several parks laid out, for $400, on easy terms; no building restrictions. As an investment you cannot do better than to buy at once one or more of these lots. It is only half a mile from this plat to the State Fair Grounds, which are in full view. EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES. The Midway district is not only certain to i become one of the THE ST. PAUL DAILY GLOBIV BT7OTAY MOHNING* OCTOBER 18,' ifiSG, —TWENTY PAGES. most important busi ness centers of the fu ture Twin City me tropolis, but is even now the educational campus, so to speak, of the entire North west. Here, forming almost a quadrangle, are situate Hamline University, the most successful Western collegiate institution under Methodist Epis copal auspices; the State University, one of the acknowledged leading schools of its class in America ; Macalester College, the new institute re cently opened under such favorable auspi ces by the Presbyter ians; the Catholic col lege of St. Thomas, built the present sea son (now opened with great success) through the wisdom, energy and liberality of lit. Rev. Bishop Ireland. The city schools in this district, at Mer riam Park, St. Antho ny Park and Hardline are each equal to the best public schools of fered by either Min neapolis or St. Paul. ISTo other locality of equal area in the West affords so perfect and diversified education al facilities as this. THE FUTURE STATE CAPITOL In a few years the present state capitol building in St. Paul must give place to something better ar chitecturally than a griddle cake with an "individual pepper box" set upon it; some thing that wont have to be propped up every spring to keep its roofs from falling in; some thins: large enough to I accommodate theoffi- cers of state and the business of the state. When that time comes the general disposi tion will be to place the new capitol at a point accessible to St.- Paul and Minneapolis. It so happens that im mediately west of Merriam Park, and just half way between the present business centers of the two towns is the highest point of ground in the vicinity of either St. Paul or Minneapolis. From this knoll—em bracing a tract of about 40 acres in ex tent—is a landscape view unsurpassed. The two cities seem to be at one's feet, while the great valley of the Mississippi is spread out in panora mic view for many miles. Two thousand trees have been set out on this tract with a view of converting it into a great park, and for the purpose of af fording, when the proper time arrives, a suitable site for the permanent capitol building of Minnesota. When the four or five years have passed, which will necessitate the new structure, the midway district will have so far developed that its then 20,000 or more people will have something to say about the location of the capitol; and it is easy to predict that a compromise between St. Paul and Minne apolis on the capitol question will naturally result in the selection of the grounds in the accompanying map. ATTRACTIONS. There are other thai] commercial attrac tions offered by the " Midway District." Here are Shadow falls, 50 feet high and lo cated in one of the most beautiful glens Nature ever made; Kavanaugh f alls,near ly 100 feet high; and near enough proxim ity to Minnehaha. Here, too, are the world-famous Kittson stables where are to be seen daily the best and fastest horses in the world. The State Exposition and Fair Grounds, which are surpassed by no simi lar grounds in the country, are quick and easy of access from every portion of the district. IMPROVEMENTS. Two years ago there was practically noth ing but farm houses and farms in the local ity under description. —» ; r— —. — --! Now there are beau tiful and costly houses begun daily in Union, j Merriam, St. Anthony, | Lovering and Macal ester Parks, and at Hainline and its vicin ity. Every week wit nesses the establish ment of some new in dustry, from the vast | \ shops of the Northern l Pacific to the retail stores now necessi tated at the various points of population. Houses costing from $3,000 to $15,000 are being built where the forest leaves had never been disturbed up to last season; great factories and ware houses are going up where there was abso lute wilderness a year ago; new railway and motor lines are being planned and will be carried to completion; streets are being graded where corn and wheat grew three years ago; two new collegiate associations are at the present time seeking locations; new depots on all railway lines are being built; and now comes the news that the Chicago, Burling ton & Quincy railway will build shops in this district and that the very largest firm of its class in the world will soon locate a branch of its great industry at Minne sota Transfer. IS ot less than $3,000,000 have been ex pended in improvements in this midway district during the past two years. CONVENIENCES. The short line railways— the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, the St. Paul, Min neapolis & Manitoba, and the St. Paul & Northern Pa cific —afford such splendid facilities for reaching either St. Paul or Minneapolis from the midway district that it is only a question of time when the busy people of either city must, to econo mize time, reside at some one of the attractive parks now platted. Eleven and one half minutes is all the time required to reach (for 1\ cents fare) the business heart of either town; this in warm, comfortable coaches in winter and cool in sum mer. Every attraction that either St. Paul or Minneap olis can offer in way of amusements, social pleas The largest development in the Midway district is that designated as Merriam Park. It is by far the most attractive, select and conven ient suburb known either to St. Paul or Minneapolis, and is popu lated (about evenly) by business men of both cities. There is not, in either city, an equal residence area possessed by such attractive homes, it being impossible to con struct an inferior residence within the confines of Merriam Park, owing to the fact that parties pur chasing grounds guarantee to erect thereon a dwelling that shall cost at least $1,500. Here, too, is situated the most beautiful pub lic park in St. Paul, a wooded eminence of 12 acres extent, un . surpassed in natural adornment. The present development guaran tees that Merriam Park will always . take first place among the suburbs of St Paul and Minneapolis in every respect that goes to make up a choice residence locality. Its exact midway distance between the business centers of the cities assures a constantly increasing de mand for locations there, and ures, .etc., is distributed equally to the favored resi dents of the midway district. With the great advantages offered of quick access to either city, residence prop erty must perforce keep on advancing until it surpasses in value the best average in St. Paul or Minneapolis. This is something for in vestors to carefully consider. PRESENT OPPORTUNITIES. If the region about Min nesota Transfer develops correspondingly during the next three years with what has been accomplished since 1882, we shall see what is now classed as "acre prop erty" built up solid with warehouses, factories, eleva tors, etc. If population in creases in the same ratio for three years that it has for the past three, there will be 15,000 inhabitants in the district. All this means that property will be worth $10, --000 instead of from $1,000 to $2,000 per acre as now of-, fered by us, and that resi dence sites now to be had at $350 to $450 will be worth from $1,500 to $3,ooo—and the present outlook fully warrants these assertions. WHAT WE CONTROL. We have for sale (nearly all ex clusively in our agency) the most desirable property in the Midway **= district, including "Midway Heights/ 1 "Quinby Park," "Lov ering's Addition to Union Park,'* acres at $1,000 per acre in "Ken ney's Out Lots," lots and blocks adjoining the fair grounds, about Hamline, near the Northern Pacific shops, residence sites in Union and Merriam Parks, lots on Uni versity avenue, several fine dwell ings—in fact any description of property now on sale. Don't buy until you have examined our prices. QUINBY PARK. In addition to the plat of "Mid way Heights," exclusively in our agency, we have the new and beau tiful plat of "Quinby Park," im mediately east of the phenomenal Midway suburb of Merriam Park. The C, M. & St. P. short line divides the plat, and the principal frontages are St. Anthony avenue on the north and Marshall avenue on the south. It is only four or five minutes' walk to Merr am Park depot on the west, or Macal ester Park depot to be built soon on the east, and is mid way between Macalester college and Hamline liversity, being three-fourths of a mile from each. It is the most elevated plateau be tween the two cities, of equal ex tent, and is unsurpassed as a build ing location for suburban resi dences. It is already built up to, on the west, by the Merriam Park development. It is immediately opposite to Lovering's Addition to I] nion Park. No building re3tr ic tions are imposed, making this especially desirable to those who wish to buy lots in Midway district to hold. We also have choice residence property in Union, Merriam and Lovering Parks, and in Lover ing's addion to Union Park. H. S. FAffiCHILD & SON, New Chamber of Commerce Build ing, Opposite Hotel Ryan, corner Third and Robert Streets, St. Paul. MERRIAM PARK. values must therefore increase steadily as the years pass. At the present time lots are sold at low prices for actual improvement. Every effort has been made to secure first- class people, as well as tirst-class improvements at Merriam Park, and the result is as select a j social circle as may be found anywhere. School and church facilities are excellent. If you are thinking of getting a home in this vicinity it will pay you to inves tigate the opportunities offered by the terms and conditions upon which lots in Merriam |rark are being sold. What has been said of the general develop ments of the Midway districts applies to Mer riam Park. For full in formation apply to J. P. MOORE, Agent, Merchants' National Bank, Corner Jackson and Third Streets, St. Pauls