Better Living, Better Lawn Care in St. Paul
St. Paul began as a modest settlement known as Pig's Eye, named after a one-eyed French Canadian fur trapper, Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant. By 1838, Pig’s Eye was getting too old for fur trapping, and switched to making liquor instead. Pig’s Eye (“L'oeil de Cochon” in French) laid claim to a piece of land at the entrance of a cave on the bank of the Mississippi River, built a shack, and starting selling his still’s liquor to anyone who would buy it. His drinking establishment became known as “Pig's Eye Pandemonium” and was wildly popular with a wide assortment of local miscreants.
However, when Catholic priest Lucien Galtier built a log cabin church near Mr. Parrant’s liquor still, he made it known in no uncertain terms that the settlement was now named Saint Paul. In fact, Father Galtier’s modest log cabin church eventually evolved into this city’s well-known Cathedral.
Today, the city of St. Paul has more than 300,000 residents and is both the cultural and economic center of the region. The longest-standing cultural tradition here has to be the Winter Carnival, which began in 1886. Today, more than 350,000 visitors flock to the event every year. The Winter Carnival features ice sculpting, an ice palace, winter foods, a treasure hunt, and even more activities.
The Como Zoo and Conservatory are popular year-round; the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is the most distinctive building in the entire city. The Victorian-style glass domes and arches opened to the public in 1915, and cover half an acre of gardens. The complex features greenhouses full of various types of exotic plants; perhaps the most impressive is the Palm Dome with more than 150 different palm trees, as well as displays of orchids and bromeliads. The Palm Dome stands 64 feet tall and 100 feet in circumference. No matter how cold it is outside, the Conservatory is always a tropical paradise.
The zoo was first established in 1897 and is nestled within the beautiful Como Park. The zoo has a wide array of animals, everything from African lions, to polar bears, monkeys, reptiles, seals and lots more. All of the animals are comfortably housed in natural habitats, and it’s a great place for kids of all ages.
St. Paul has so many recreation opportunities, including Indian Mounds Park, which features six prehistoric Native American burial mounds of the Hopewell civilization. There are so many places to spend your weekends around this great city, including Battle Creek Regional Park, Highland Park, Harriet Island Regional Park, Lake Como, Rice park and Lake Phalen.
The Wabasha Street Caves is an event center downtown built into man-made sandstone caves. The caves date back to the 1840s, and hosted mobsters and speakeasies back in the 1920s. Today, the caves host "Swing Night" on Thursdays with live big-band music, as well as historical tours.
This is just a short list of things to do in this amazing and historic city. The spring and summer are short here, and you shouldn’t spend any of your precious time lawn mowing. Instead, outsource your lawn maintenance to the lawn care pros at LawnStarter. Start by visiting the website, or download the free mobile app. Simply put in your ZIP code, and choose from a menu of lawn care services with prices. Set a schedule, confirm, and forget your lawn mowing. A lawn care crew will arrive to take care of it all, from mowing the lawn to trimming your trees, and even cleaning the roof gutters.
St. Paul is too much fun in the summer to waste your time on yard work. Contact LawnStarter today and enjoy life.