Monday, July 5, 2010

Take a History Cruz in North St Paul!

North St Paul is a community rich in history.
If you stop by on a Friday night in the summer, you might feel that you have stepped back in time. The Friday Night History Cruz has been at home in North St. Paul since very humble beginnings in 1996.
The History Cruz is an informal car show where several hundred classic enthusiasts park along 7th Avenue in the downtown of this quaint little town so residents and visitors alike can stroll down memory lane while enjoying a corn dog, a cone from the Hometown Creamery or a slice of Randy’s Pizza.

My family tries to get down to the North St Paul car show at least a few times every summer. Last Friday, as a way to kick off the Fourth of July weekend, we ventured down and snapped a few photos.

As we walked down the sidewalk where there are now antique shops where the Miller’s Shoes, Harry’s Drug and the flower shop used to be, I realize how much has changed. The movie theater was demolished long before my husband and I were married and there is an empty space where Mac’s Dinet
te used to be just a few years ago.
My teenaged son doesn't even know that there used to be a roller skating rink or bowling alley in town as Silver Skate roller rink has been a church for decades and Weber's was transformed into an office plaza before he had a chance to bowl a frame or two. Still there are homes and families that have been a part of this community for over a century. As former North St Paulites we always run into one or two familiar faces.

As much as things change, there are those maintaining the past, whether a historic home or classic car. North St Paul continues to have the buzz of a vibrant community, especially when the classics come to town!

Copyright 2010 Teri Eckholm