July 8, 2006
How Fast Can You Climb Them
When I was young, me and my friends would grab a stop watch and head to the green stairs on the West Side Bluffs in St Paul that overlook downtown St Paul. I'm curious how long these stairs have been in use, but they are very useful for the location. Back to the stop watch story. Now mind you, this was our form of entertainment. We would start at the top of the stairs and yell GO! The game was, who could run down the stairs all the way to the bottom and get back up to the top the fastest would be the winner. One thing we discovered about this area was we found a way to climb up and down the bluff with out using the stairs. We had a makeshift pathway to get up or down the bluffs the hard way.
Posted by Steve Cuddihy at 12:01 AM
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I know my Mom and her siblings used them when they were young, so they have to be at least 40 to 50 years old. Interestingly, I have never walked on them, though I have always wanted to. My doctor was just a block or two away. My friends and I found many ways around and in the bluffs. I feel very lucky to be here when I think of the crazy things we did! :)
Looking back, I didn't go in too far into the caves. Thank goodness for that after hearing some terrible things that could have happened.
I have a couple better shots of the stairs, but this was the only photo of the walkway out to the main part of the staircase. Plus there are three people standing on the top level of the stairwell so I had to use this photo despite the poor quality.
Yeah, I can look back and see that hanging out in the caves was not the best summer activity for junior high students... but they were nice and cool in the heat! There was a very large cave that we named Bertha and one I remember as a narrow hole in the ground that was call Stairway To Hell... now that one was creepy. And then there were the random water puddles everywhere, once my buddy found out the water went over his head! I did not participate in the cave swimming! :) There are DEFINITELY better (safer!) things to do in the St. Paul area! :)
one set of stairs worth trying are up st.pauls cathedral in london - 566 ;)
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