Frogtown Pennant

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24″x18″ Hand Cut, Hand Sewed Felt Appliqué

The exact origins of the name Frogtown

 are difficult to pin down. But this much is certain: the moniker was derived from the prevalence of frogs in what was originally a swampy, sparsely populated section of town. In fact, many of the early homes built in the neighborhood began to sink into the muck. Early German residents of the area called it Froschburg—literally frog city. One popular story—although possibly false—is that John Ireland, the first Archbishop of St. Paul, coined the name in the early 20th century. Ireland was purportedly standing in Calvary Cemetery and looking across a swampland filled with croaking frogs when he declared, ”That’s sounds like a frog town.”