Saint Paul, Minnesota Ice Palace / Winter Carnival Back Then 1889 To Present 2018.
The Saint Paul Ice Palace and Winter Carnival hired the the Hutchison brothers of Montreal to design and build Saint Paul first Ice palace. The sale of $10 stock covered the $5210 building cost. Central Park was chosen as the palace location on an eight acre site bounded on three sides by busy thoroughfares 13th street on the south, robert Street on the east, and Ceder Street on the West, making access easy.
Construction was delayed due to temperatures above freezing, then work slowed as the thermometer dropped to 30 degrees. When the weather moderated, the workmen were able to make up for lost time. Much of the ice was harvested from the Mississippi River. Communities from across the state contributed additional ice for the palace, including White Bear Lake, Big Lake Big Stone Lake, Glenwood, Wahpeton, Minnetonka, Fargo and Bismarck. Stillwater cut the 4' cornerstone from the St. Croix River.
Since 1889, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival has brought family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area. Through city-wide special events, fun activities and more, the Saint Paul festival and Heritage Foundation celebrates winter like only Minneostans can!