Friday, July 13, 2012

Cruz through History Every Friday Night in North St Paul!



If you stop the quaint downtown main street of North St Paul tonight or any Friday night in the summer, you might feel that you have stepped a few decades in time. Since 1996, the Friday Night History Cruz has been summer tradition in North St. Paul. The History Cruz is an informal car show where several hundred classic enthusiasts park along 7th Avenue on Friday evenings so residents and visitors alike reminisce about days gone by  while enjoying a corn dog, a cone from the Hometown Creamery or homemade fries from Village Pizza.

My husband and I head down to the suburban car show at least a few times every summer. As we walk down the sidewalk we notice there are many antique shops where  Miller’s Shoes, Harry’s Drug and the flower shop used to be. It is times like this,  I realize how much has changed in the community of North St Paul. 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 not so long ago.
My kids weren't even aware 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 they had a chance to bumper-bowl on a Saturday afternoon. Now there is a wind turbine that shares the landscape with a new North High school and the ever-smiling snowman. 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.



North St Paul is a community rich in history.

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!






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