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A portion of historic downtown Hastings is pictured above.

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Some 150 years ago, traders and settlers roamed the rolling hills and grassy plains of what we now call downtown Hastings, or Second Street. Warehouses, mills and elevators were built along the levee. Stone and brick commercial buildings quickly replaced log and clapboard. Millers, brewers, lumbermen, steamboat captains, merchants and bankers built their big houses near downtown. Hotels serving salesmen and society followed when the railroad connected Hastings with St. Paul and Milwaukee.

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