St. Peter, MN

Where History and Progress Meet

St. Peter was founded in 1853 by Captain William Bigelow Dodd, who claimed 150 acres north of what is now Broadway Avenue. He named the new settlement Rock Bend because of the rock formation at the bend of the Minnesota River. In 1855, the town was renamed St. Peter for the St. Pierre River, an early name for the Minnesota River. Many of the streets in St. Peter were named after streets in New York City—Park Row, Chatham, Broadway, Nassau, Union—because Captain Dodd was originally from the East. He had been married at the Church of the Holy Communion in New York City, which helped fund the establishment of the same-named church in St. Peter.

In 1857, an unsuccessful attempt was made to move the capitol from St. Paul to St. Peter. Home to one of Minnesota’s fine liberal arts colleges—Gustavus Adolphus—St. Peter also has many historic buildings and Victorian-styled homes lining its main grand downtown boulevard (Highway 169). St. Peter also has many places of historical interest, especially the museum at the site where The Treaty of Traverse des Sioux was signed in 1851

Sponsors of St. Peter, MN


Since the founding of our communities, organizations, businesses and citizens have stepped forward to build and serve their community. Click on any of the logos below to learn about those who made this website possible! If you would like to learn about becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE!

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Events of St. Peter, MN


The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Nicollet County, MN


Visit our county page and you will learn about the contributions made by the citizens from our town and county (founders, business people, volunteers, entrepreneurs and military veterans). Here you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Nicollet County, MN page.