Northside-Hester Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in St. Cloud. Some homes have been here for more than 100 years, dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The land for Hester Park, which was established in 1910, was donated by Charles Gilman and named after his wife. Charles Gilman served many years in the state legislature and was also lieutenant governor of Minnesota for nine years in the late 1800’s. The beautiful granite bridges and stairs in the park were built by WPA workers during the Depression and are monuments to the craftsmen of the era. The St. Cloud Hospital joined the neighborhood when it moved to its present location in 1928. Many more beautiful and unique homes were built from the 1920’s through the 1950’s and 60’s. Residents in the neighborhood typically have taken great pride in their homes and yards. To this day, it is very common to see friendly people of all ages, often with dogs, walking throughout the neighborhood or doing home maintenance chores or yard work, as well as children biking or playing. A favorite walking route for many residents is along the Mississippi River, which is our neighborhood’s natural eastern boundary. The Northside-Hester Park Neighborhood is truly a treasure to those of us who live here!  

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