Kingfield, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Kingfield, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mural at 36th Street and Nicollet by Christopher Harrison
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States

Minneapolis Hennepin County


About Kingfield

Kingfield is named after Colonel William S. King. The neighborhood is located in Minneapolis’ Southwest community between Interstate 35W on the east and Lyndale Avenue on the west. The northern boundary is 36th Street, and the southern boundary is 46th street.

The Kingfield neighborhood became part of Minneapolis in 1887 when the southern border of Minneapolis was extended from 38th Street to 54th Street. Kingfield is mainly a residential area with three-fourths of its single-family houses built before 1920. The Kingfield neighborhood has a number of amenities including churches, schools, a park named after Martin Luther King Jr., and three to four dozen small businesses.[1]

Early History of Kingfield

This was farm country in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Transportation was by horse and buggy. Fewer than 20 farms had been established by 1874. C.C. Garvey owned a dairy farm near 44th Street and Grand Ave. George Bichnell farmed 18 acres of land from Lyndale to Pleasant, 42nd to 43rd Streets. Hiram Van Nest farmed 28 acres of land from 40th to 42nd, Pleasant to Lyndale. The Farmsworth farm occupied 57 acres south of 47th Street and East of Nicollet.

In 1885, the southern border of the city of Minneapolis was 38th street. By 1887 the city had expanded its borders to 54th street, and thus the area which is now Kingfield became part of Minneapolis

Street Names

Streets in Kingfield, and the origin of their names…

•Blaisdell Ave. named in honor of Robert Blaisdell, Sr. and his three sons, who were early pioneers here and lumbermen on the upper Mississippi river (No Uncle Charlie, though).

• Garfield Ave. named after James Garfield, the assassinated president of the US.

• Grand Ave. from the French, meaning great, noble.

• Harriet Ave. named after the wife of Col. Leavenworth, whose maiden name was Harriet Lovejoy. (She is also the source of the name Lake Harriet). Col. Leavenworth was the first commandant of a temporary fort known in 1819 as Fort St. Anthony.

• Lyndale Ave. names after the 1,400-acre Lyndale farm owned by William S. King which bordered Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun. The name for the farm was in honor of Mr. King’s father, Rev. Lyndon King.

• Pleasant Ave. as the name implies

• Pillsbury Ave. named in honor of Gov. John Pillsbury, Governor in 1875, who served for three 2-year terms. In addition to his political achievements, he was also interested in building up the state university and donated the funds for the one of its main buildings.

• Van Nest Ave. named after Hiram Van Nest, on of the earliest settlers in the vicinity of St. Anthony Falls, the birthplace of Minneapolis. He invested in real estate almost as soon as Minneapolis was open to settlement.

• Nicollet Ave. commemorates Joseph N. Nicollet, geographer and explorer whose maps of the area, now Minnesota and the eastern part of North and South Dakota, were published in 1843.

• Stevens Ave. named after Col. John H. Stevens, an early pioneer in the city, who build the first permanent dwelling in Minneapolis in 1850.

Taken from “Early History of the Kingfield Neighborhood”, a new resident handout circa 1992[1]



Most homes in Kingfield were build prior to 1920. Archetectural styles include: bungalows, prairie -style, arts and crafts and other revival styles.


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Related Links

Kingfield Neighborhood Organization websiteIncarnation ChurchKingfield Farmers MarketFamilies Building CommunityCenter For Performing ArtsLyndale Community SchoolExperience Southwest : Southwest Minneapolis Business Directory(NEHBA Sponsored)


    Buildings in Kingfield, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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    115 west 36th st 115115 West 36th Street W
    Church of the Incarnation, 3800 Pleasant Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 38003,800 Pleasant Avenue S
    Judson Memorial Church, 4140 Harriet Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 41014,101 Harriet Avenue S
    Kirby T. Snyder House, 4101 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 41014,101 Lyndale Avenue S

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