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By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | June 2, 2021

On this day St. Paul's founder, Pierre Parrant, built the city's first structure, known as the "whiskey seller's cabin," in Fountain Cave.
This portrait of Pierre Parrant is copied from an uncataloged print and dated 1840.