This book covers the history of Swede Hollow from the time that it first became home to European immigrants in the 1860s up to its present role as a city park and urban oasis. The book contains hundreds of photographs of the people who lived in Swede Hollow and the places that were important to them, as well as their stories and the observations of outsiders. The book also chronicles the transitions the Hollow went through after the houses were gone, including the development of the park. A few articles, poems, and recollections are included as well.
About the Authors
Angela DuPaul grew up a stone's throw from Swede Hollow and saw first hand the fight to save the valley from illegal dumping, ill-advised development schemes, and widespread indifference. She grew up surrounded by her mother's love of history, but she traces her own passion for historic research to the publication of Larry Millett's book Lost Twin Cities. She holds a bachelor's degree in scientific and technical communications from the University of Minnesota and has worked for the company formerly known as the Saint Paul Companies for 20 years.
Karin DuPaul was instrumental in getting the neighborhoods surrounding Swede Hollow behind the idea of making the valley a city park. She has been researching Swede Hollow history for decades. She has been tirelessly working to improve her Dayton's Bluff neighborhood since the 1970s.