Building the Community:
Civic and School Life
At the turn of the century, a local promoter gave Faribault
the nickname Athens of the West, referring to the variety
of civic and educational opportunities the city offered. Four Episcopal
schools were established in the town, culminating today in Shattuck-St.
Marys School. The Minnesota legislature also granted three state
schools to Faribault, offering education to deaf, blind, and developmentally
disabled students. Impressive public buildings and events which celebrated
community achievements invoked civic pride for city leaders and citizens.