City of Saint Peter, Minnesota
Saint Peter is a warm and welcoming community located in the scenic Minnesota River Valley.
The City of Saint Peter was incorporated in 1873 and is located approximately 60 miles south of Minneapolis/Saint Paul in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley (10 miles north of Mankato). Our city has a population of over 11,400 and was originally intended to be the capital of the State of Minnesota. As the legislators were preparing to vote on the location of the capital, Joe Rolette stole the bill that would have named Saint Peter as capital and he hid with it until after the legislature voted for Saint Paul.
Even though Saint Peter was not named the capital, visitors can see how our founding fathers planned for that designation by platting extra wide streets in town. In addition, the capital building would have been located in Minnesota Square Park which is adjacent to Highway 169 on the south end of our City. (continued)