Strolling Main Street

Downtown and the Historic Commercial District

Faribault’s Historic Commercial District, located along Central Avenue (formerly Main Street) between 2nd and 3rd Streets, provides visitors with a clear vision of the town in the 1880s. The downtown area features well-preserved Italianate storefronts of local brick and limestone with impressive architectural details. In an era when malls and highways were unknown, Faribault’s downtown welcomed both commerce and celebration.

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People of the Past

Who was downtown in turn-of-the-century Faribault?

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Extraordinary and Everyday Events

What downtown happenings were the talk of the town?

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Fun Features

Which downtown locations were special to Faribault residents?

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Secret Stories

What were downtown’s secrets?

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Virtual Tour

Ten great downtown sites.