Saint Paul, comprising the southern third of Ramsey county, Minnesota, has a length of ten miles from east to west, a width of five to seven miles, and an area slightly exceeding 55 square miles. It lies on the north and east side of the Mississippi, excepting about five square miles which lie south or west of the river in the remarkable northward loop that here interrupts its general southeastward course. Reserve township and parts of Rose, New Canada, and McLean townships are united with the original city to give the present area as thus described. About half of this area remains in its former condition of fields, pastures, and woods, while the other half is occupied by the broadly extended city.*
The Mississippi river, where it begins to form the western boundary of Saint Paul, has an elevation, in its lowest and highest stages, of about 705 . . .