The Street Where You Live

The book, “The Street Where You Live: A Guide to the Place Names of St. Paul,” a listing of Saint Paul, Minnesota street names and the history behind them by Donald L. Empson is being reissued and updated with names of parks and other things.  In the Pioneer Press today they profiled the street where I live with this selection from the book.

Bohland Avenue

Adam Bohland (1834-1913) owned an 80-acre farm between Cleveland and Fairview avenues and between Montreal and Bohland Avenues.  He was born in Sulzheim, Germany, and came to Minnesota in 1856, fought in the Civil War, served as Ramsey County commissioner and was later county assessor.

Adam’s brother, Peter Bohland (1837-1910), owned the remaining quarter section: 80 acres between Cleveland, Fairview, Montreal, and Mogoffin avenues.  The brothers’ homes faced each other across Montreal Avenue, approximately where Prior Avenue would cross.  Peter represented the district for two terms in the state Legislature.

This street was named in 1887 in Otto’s addition.

The following is a google map of the section described as the area of the two farms, now the home to hundreds, if not thousands of people: