West Seventh Street Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Below the bluffs on the flats, West Seventh Street, also known as Fort Road, cuts through the street grid, running roughly parallel with the Mississippi. Fort Road’s original route predated St. Paul by decades and more closely followed the series of hills that dominates the riverine section between downtown St. Paul and Fort Snelling until it was relocated to the present route in the 1850s.
West Seventh’s history was working-class, with beer brewing a major business, thanks to the Mount Simon-Hinckley aquifer’s 35,000-year-old water. The wells lead directly to Fountain Cave (In-Yan Ti-Pi, in the Dakota language), where Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant, founder of St. Paul, sold whiskey to pioneers and soldiers."