Explore the rich history of South St. Paul at Fred Lawshe Park, situated at the site of the city's original City Hall from 1890 to 1956. Adjacent to the present-day City Hall where 3rd Avenue and 2nd Street intersect at Grand Avenue, this park is a testament to the city's past. Fred Lawshe, the visionary behind the park, retired in 1958 after a remarkable 40-year tenure as the South St. Paul High School industrial arts teacher.
A true pioneer, Lawshe went on to establish the Dakota County Historical Society post-retirement. Serving as its first president, he later assumed the roles of the first director and curator of the Dakota County Historical Museum, strategically located just across the street from the park bearing his name. Until his passing in 1971, Lawshe played a pivotal role in preserving and promoting historic sites across Dakota County, dedicating countless hours to organizing collections, developing exhibits, and conducting tours for student groups.
As you journey up or down the Grand Avenue hill, make sure to pause and rejuvenate at Fred Lawshe Park. It's not just a green space; it's a living tribute to a man whose passion for history has left a permanent mark on South St. Paul. Step into the past and take a break in the present at Fred Lawshe Park.