Saint Peter is pleased to welcome visitors and residents to our community day and night.
We are a warm and welcoming community located in the scenic Minnesota River Valley.
The City of Saint Peter was incorporated in 1873 and is located approximately 60 miles south of Minneapolis/Saint Paul in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley (10 miles north of Mankato). Our city has a population of over 11,400 and was originally intended to be the capitol of the State of Minnesota. As the legislators were preparing to vote on the location of the capital, Joe Rolette stole the bill that would have named Saint Peter as capital and he hid with it until after the legislature voted for Saint Paul.
Even though Saint Peter was not named the capital, visitors can see how our founding fathers planned for that designation by platting extra wide streets in town. In addition, the capitol building would have been located in Minnesota Square Park which is adjacent to Highway 169 on the south end of our City.
The City is rich in historical buildings and besides having about a dozen structures on the National Register of Historic Places, our entire downtown area was also given that designation. Many of the old buildings downtown still maintain the historical features that have been lost on other buildings.
Past Governors & More
Saint Peter has the distinction of being home to five past governors of the State of Minnesota and we are the county seat of Nicollet County. We are also home to the internationally renowned Gustavus Adolphus College and we have hosted the King of Sweden and his family as they visited the college on numerous occasions. Saint Peter is also the headquarters of the Alumacraft Boat Company, the Minnesota School Board Association, Scholarship America (formerly known as Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America) and a state treatment facility.