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The population of St Peter is approximately 9,770 (2000).
The approximate number of families is 2,981 (2000).

The amount of land area in St Peter is 13.072 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in St Peter is 5.4 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.364 sq kilometers.
The distance from St Peter to Washington DC is 1002 miles. The distance to the Minnesota state capital is 57 miles. (as the crow flies)
St Peter is positioned 44.32 degrees north of the equator and 93.96 degrees west of the prime meridian.

St Peter median income is $40,344 (2000).

The St Peter median home price is $106,300 (2000).

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St Peter location: southwest of Minneapolis in south-central Minnesota. Nearby communities include Kasota, Cleveland, LeSueur, North Mankato, Mankato, Eagle Lake, Madison Lake and SKyline.

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Climate & Weather

St Peter average annual precipitation is 29.8 inches per year.
St Peter average annual snowfall is 49.2 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 12.5 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 45.4 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 72.4 degrees F.
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St Peter history:

St. Peter has been the home to Five Minnesota Governors:
Willis Arnold Gorman: Territorial Governor, served: 1853-1857
Henry Adonriam Swift: State Governor, served: 1863-1864
Horace Austin: State Governor, served: 1870-1874
Andrew Ryan McGill: State Governor, served: 1887-1889
John Albert Johnson: State Governor, served: 1905-1909 (Died in office)

St Peter was founded in 1853 by Captain William Bieglow Dodd. It was originally called Rock Bend. In 1855, the St. Peter Company was established to promote the new town. The town's name was changed to St. Peter after the company. In 1857, the St. Peter Company tried to have the state capital from St. Paul to St. Peter. The bill was passed by the territorial legislature, but through some not-so-above-board efforts, the bill was never signed.

St. Peter was incorporated as a borough in 1865, Eugene St. Julien Cox was elected as the first Mayor. In 1873 St. Peter was incorporated as a city, Albert Knight was elected mayor. The city was divided into two wards with Grace Street as the dividing point, as it remains to this day.

Gideon S. Ives served as Mayor in 1885, he later served as Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota from 1891 to 1893, he was a son-in-law of Governor Henry A. Swift. Lillien Cox Gault, daughter of E. St. Julien Cox was elected Mayor in 1921 she served until 1922, she was Minnesota's first Woman Mayor.

St. Peter has many historic buildings and homes and has had a rich history. The Treaty of Traverse des Sioux in 1851 was signed just north of St. Peter opening up a large area to settlement. The treaty was signed between the Dakota Indians and the U. S. Government.
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St Peter attractions:

St. Peter has two large institutions:
Gustavus Adolphus College, founded in Red Wing in 1862, moved to St. Peter in 1876 and St. Peter Regional Treatment Center,(St. Peter State Hospital) founded in 1866.

Cox House Museum
900 South Washington Avenue
St. Peter, MN
Historic home of St. Peter's first Mayor E. St. Julien Cox, built in 1871 and restored in 1971 to the period from 1871-1881

Treaty Site History Center
1851 North U.S. Highway 169
Home of the Nicollet County Historical Society and Museum. Located near site of the signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux in 1851.

Church of the Holy Communion
118 North Minnesota Avenue
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, built in 1869-1870. Behind the Church are buried St. Peter's founder Captain William B. Dodd, his wife Harriett and two of their children.

The Pearly Gates
Completed in July 2004
Located in Levee Park on the corner of Front Street and Broadway Avenue next to the St. Peter Chamber of Commerce building.

Drugstore and Pharmacy Museum
See antique pharmacy items including a 1928 marble soda fountain and show globe collection while you have a free root beer. Free to the public open daily except Sundays.

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