WEDNESDAY PICK | The world’s first skyway


You’ve been inside the Twin Cities’ skyways all winter; now that it’s warming up, it’s time to step out and take a look at the skyways from the outside. Or not…but at least take a glance up from Fourth Street between Robert and Minnesota in downtown St. Paul. You’re looking at what is certainly Minnesota’s highest skyway, and is believed by many to be the world’s first. It was built in 1931, connecting the 17th floor of the First National Bank Building with the 16th floor of the Merchants Bank Building. The skyway’s construction was simultaneous with the construction of the First National Bank Building, which overtook the Merchants Bank Building as St. Paul’s tallest skyscraper and held that distinction for 55 years—until Galtier Plaza went up in 1986.

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