What's in a (Street) Name?

With a St. Louis Park street set to get renamed, it seems like a good time for some trivia on local streets.

St. Louis Park is getting a new street—sort of.

At the request of , 25 1/2 Street West—which is located just north of the synagogue—will be renamed Barry Street West, in honor of donors Charles and Melanie Barry (namesakes of the Barry Family Campus at the ).

City Council approved the change unanimously at a meeting last week, and new signage is expected to be up in about a month.

This name change got us thinking about St. Louis Park street names in general, which got us thinking about something fun—trivia! Check out our 10 questions on SLP street names, then post your answers in the comments below.

  1. What was the original name of Excelsior Boulevard?
  2. Which local street was named after a book about a Civil War battle?
  3. What was the original name of Louisiana Avenue?
  4. What does Minnetonka mean?
  5. Before a street name ordinance in 1933 cleared things up, there five separate instances of what street in St. Louis Park?
  6. Joppa is a Biblical name of a city in which modern-day country?
  7. Before Highway 169 was designated as a highway, it was an avenue with what name?
  8. What two streets combine to form the name of a local park, neighborhood, bowling alley and shopping center?
  9. Mayor Rufus R. Rand requested and received what street name in 1931?
  10. A name and ownership change at a local car dealership resulted in what St. Louis Park street name?
Ted Meland September 15, 2012 at 01:22 PM
SLP has both a North and a South Street. But those aren't the names of battles. Nor books about battles. Natchez?
Michael Rose September 15, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Ted, there is a book called "Action at Aquila" that was the inspiration for Aquila Ave
Ted Meland September 16, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Michael, you're saying that Aquila Avenue is named for the book, "Action at Aquila"? Thus, it is named for a book about a Civil War battle? I disagree. "Action at Aquila", as far as I can determine, is a novel. Thus it is fiction. I can find no reference anywhere to an actual Battle of Aquila. Do you have evidence of such a battle?
Michael Rose September 17, 2012 at 12:09 AM
This is what I have from the SLP Historical Society: "Mrs. Marlys Westling ... originally wanted to name it Aragon, but it was deemed too close to Oregon. Then she found a book called Action at Aquila, which described a Civil War battle where eight men were killed. The 1938 novel was written by Hervey Allen (who also wrote Anthony Adverse in 1933, which Warner Bros. made into a major motion picture in 1936, starring Fredric March, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, and Gale Sondergard, and directed by Mervyn LeRoy)."
Ted Meland September 17, 2012 at 05:30 AM
My point is that your question was faulty. It should have read: "What street is named for a book about a fictitious Civil War battle?" BTW--I found a copy of the book online currently for sale for $2,000. Autographed by the author with an inscription to his friend, Robert Frost.


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