Swede Hollow / Dayton’s Bluff Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Long before building codes and neighborhood zoning laws, Swedish immigrants first settled in what was then a marginal, flood-prone piece of land east of downtown St. Paul, in a small valley they called Svenska Dalen. For more than 100 years, Swede Hollow, as it became known, was home to thousands of poor immigrant families living in essentially slum conditions—first Swedes, then Italians, and, in the last days of Swede Hollow, Mexicans—until the city condemned the area in the urban renewal of the 1950s.
Although the hundreds of houses that once filled Swede Hollow are gone, you’ll occasionally see a squared cluster of bricks that marks where a house once stood. All along the upper cliffs of the area stand successful businesses started by former residents—most notably James Morelli, whose descendants still own the wonderful Morelli’s Italian deli and liquor store, and Gentille Yarusso, whose descendants own Yarusso-Bros. Italian Restaurant."