Selby and Nina Then and Now

Contrary to popular belief Nina Street is not named for Saint Paul’s infamous, 19th century madam, Nina Clifford. The street was named by the group of developers that platted Dayton and Irvine’s addition in 1854. Clifford’s real name was Hannah Crow. Chances are she named herself after the street. Construction of the Cathedral of Saint Paul was just a twinkle in John Ireland’s eye back in 1904. Just beyond Nina, street cars used to descend into a tunnel. The last streetcar passed through the tunnel in 1954. These days the tunnel is all but forgotten and its hard to imagine Selby Avenue with out that big old dome.

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