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Falcon Heights, Minnesota is a suburb of Saint Paul, located in Ramsey County. The University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus is in Falcon Heights, as is the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life. Settlement of the area began as early as 1843, when Stephen Desnoyer build a home on the banks of the Mississippi River near the current location of the Town and Country Golf Course. Isaac Rose came that same year, and Rose Township was named for him. Heman Gibbs came to the community in the 1850s, building a home near what is now the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Larpenteur Avenue, where he established the first school in Rose Township, one that remained in operation until 1959. In 1881, nearly half of Rose Township was absorbed by St. Paul. Of the remaining area, Rosehill (now Lauderdale) broke off to become an incorporated municipality. Falcon Heights became a distinct neighborhood in the 1930s, when a real estate agent by the name of Faulkner helped to plat a development that he named for himself. In 1936, its name was changed slightly, to Falcon Heights, and the first home was built there in 1937. After attempts by both Rosehill and St. Paul to annex the development, residents chose to establish their own village government, which was incorporated, along with the rest of the unincorporated areas of Rose Township, and Falcon Heights became a city in 1973. Falcon Heights is surrounded by Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Roseville, St. Anthony, and St. Paul.

 

 

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