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Judy Spooner: Some of the history of Highway 61

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Highway 61 was once State Route 3 and was one of the first concrete roads in Minnesota. There is still a segment of it, which was built around 1930, that runs in front of Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park located south of the Innovation Road exit.


Highway 61 was made a divided highway from St. Paul to St. Paul Park in 1949 and was extended to Cottage Grove and on to Hastings in 1958.

Having a divided highway, with easy access, led to the development of the Cottage Grove.

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Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
(651) 459-7600