St. Paul began its life being known as Pig’s Eye, MN. It was named after a one-eyed fur trader and bootlegger named Pierre Parrant. He put down roots in a tract of land in front of Fountain Cave and opened a tavern called Pig’s Eye Tavern.
There was a period of time when notorious gangsters virtually owned St. Paul. Gangsters could freely roam St. Paul as long as they stayed out of trouble and paid a percentage of their earnings to the police department, thanks to city police chief John O’Connor.