Why did we name our suite ‘Iminijaska’?

Iminijaska Suite bedroom from right Iminijaska Suite study - bookcase view

The area around St. Paul has been occupied for millennia; long before any European ever came to this continent. Delving back into explorer’s diaries, like those of Zebulon Pike (1805-7) and Stephen H. Long (1823), can give us a glimpse of life in those times, keeping in mind that that view is through foreign eyes.

The Iminijaska Suite’s name comes from those diaries and records. Iminijaska was the Dakota name for White Rock, located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, probably where Fort Snelling is today. This was an ancient Dakota trading location.

There were various other names peppered around the St. Paul vicinity before it officially took on the name gifted by a Catholic missionary, many of which are still extant:

***Little Canada, named for the voyageurs and other French Canadian settlers, and currently a suburb north of St. Paul.

***Mendota is Dakota for “meeting of the waters.” Mendota and Mendota Heights villages are sited across the Mississippi from Fort Snelling.

***Fountain Cave, about 3 miles west of downtown, is often named as the birthplace of the city. That’s where Pig’s Eye Parrant, a French-Canadian fur trader, with vision in only one eye, set up his liquor trade, just outside the jurisdiction of Fort Snelling. He lost his claim in 1844, and moved on. Later the cave was a popular tourist attraction. It has since been walled up with the building of Shepard Road in the 1960’s,

***Pig’s Eye – As the first white settler in the area that became St. Paul, and being somewhat famous/infamous for his trade, the area was more or less named after Parrant. For a while, you could send and receive mail using Pig’s Eye as the address.

***Rev. Lucian Galtier, a Catholic missionary, was horrified (as were many people after him) that Pig’s Eye was not only the first citizen of the city, but also the source of its name. His Catholic chapel was dedicated Nov 1, 1841, and soon after the city was officially named St. Paul, after the chapel.


Sources and Further Reading:

The Expeditions of Zublon Montgomery Pike, P. 74-5, in the extensive footnotes.


Fountain Cave


Little Canada’s History


Mendota:  Walking in the Footsteps of History


Metis 1818-1820


Part of Metis History of Red River 1500-1899


Narrative of an expedition to the source of St. Peter’s river, Lake Winnepeek, Lake of the Woods, &c., performed in the year 1823, … under the command of Stephen H. Long


Pig’s Eye Parrant and Pig’s Eye, the city


Sioux Research – Dakota, Lakota, Nakota


Published in: on July 29, 2014 at 4:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Breakfast on the Patio? You bet!

Spring has sprung and it’s time to enjoy it at Cathedral Hill B&B! Let us treat you to breakfast outside, complete with freshly brewed coffee, fresh fruit, and a home cooked meal to start your day. These 70 degree sunshiny days won’t stick around forever, so we need to take advantage while we can! Visit our website for more information and call (651) 998-9882 to book your stay. We look forward to meeting you!


B&B patio

Published in: on May 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Spring has sprung!

Or is trying at least. It hit 50 degrees today for the first time in nearly four months and the snow is melting. Soon we’ll be offering breakfast on the patio again amongst the flowers.

Spring means walking and enjoying the neighborhood. We recommend a leisurely stroll down Summit Avenue with its many historic homes. Here’s a walking tour from the Minnesota Historical Society that you could pull up on your phone. It includes informational videos.


Published in: on March 10, 2014 at 9:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Breakfast on the Patio

At Cathedral Hill, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to make our guests comfortable.  Delicious food and clean, comfortable rooms are a given.  We try to go above and beyond the basics.  We put the patio in the “above and beyond” category – assuming the weather permits (and it usually does in the summer!) we would love to serve your breakfast on the patio.

This is the whimsical fountain, framed by lots and lots of annuals in baskets and in planters:

This is a view from the west end of the backyard looking east.  The patio and the tables are at the far end of the picture:

We can’t wait to see you and share our beautiful backyard with you.  Give us a call and we’ll schedule your stay!

Published in: on June 10, 2010 at 3:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Another Neighborhood Gem

What a beautiful week it was here in St. Paul, Minnesota!  Warm and sunny most of the week, then a little rain today – all the better to water our lawn and gorgeous patio flowers.

Here at Cathedral Hill we love recommending local businesses, especially for dining!  The Cheeky Monkey Deli is a warm, welcoming casual spot for a great lunch or dinner bite (don’t forget – you’re having breakfast with us!).  We hear the meatloaf sandwich is divine.

Give us a call and check our availability.  We would love to welcome you to St. Paul and help you find your way around the city.  We’ll set you up with a great breakfast and a wonderful place to stay, then set you loose in historic Cathedral Hill!  We’ll say it again – we can’t wait to see you!

Published in: on May 21, 2010 at 11:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

May We Recommend…

Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance of some wonderful restaurants. This is the first in a series of posts describing where you can stroll to find a delightful bite to eat the next time you stay with us.

Start big, is our motto, and so this review starts with a great restaurant that we recommend all the time to our guests.  W.A. Frost and Company has it all – wonderful food, great ambience, an outstanding wine list, and the best patio dining, hands down, in the area. W.A. Frost is five blocks from Cathedral Hill, so come stay with us, and don’t forget to make your patio reservation for a memorable dinner.

We’ll say it again – we can’t wait to see you!

Published in: on May 14, 2010 at 1:04 am  Leave a Comment  

Things You Might See at Cathedral Hill

Cathedral Hill Bed and Breakfast is located in a beautiful 1896 Victorian home with a lovely formal living room (where you might see a statute of a basset hound, one of our favorite dog breeds) and a back deck with a breakfast table boasting seasonal flowers. The hanging basket of gerbera daisies adorns the back door. We are looking forward to greeting you this fine May. Maybe it is because we are located in Minnesota – we just relish springtime.

Come and see us – we can’t wait to meet you!

Published in: on May 4, 2010 at 1:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Spring in St. Paul

Here at Cathedral Hill we are excited to welcome spring.  We have flowers on the deck and a beautiful patio for you to enjoy while you eat your breakfast.

This weekend will be an exciting one in St. Paul.  The Como Zoo Japanese Garden and Cafesjian’s Carousel open on Saturday.   Como Zoo is a short drive from Cathedral Hill; the Japanese Garden is beautiful and the Carousel is fun for kids and adults alike.

We can’t wait to see you!

Published in: on April 28, 2010 at 12:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Snow on the way and we are all decorated for the Holidays

The national weather forecast says we are about to get a blizzard.   That is not the best news for business, but it surely goes well with holiday decorations.  We have our enormous wreath decorating the front of the house.  We have our Christmas tree, our holiday village, our creche and all manner of lights.  Come see us!

Published in: on December 8, 2009 at 6:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hush Puppies or Corn Fritters

This may bring a comment!  Our current guest who used to live in the south let me know that what we call corn fritters up here are known as hush puppies in the south.  Hush puppies are about an inch thick, deep fried and rolled in powdered sugar.  Corn fritters are shaped like pancakes and are abouit 1/2 inch thick.  We serve our fritters with honey.

Any comments?

Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 10:54 pm  Comments (1)  

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