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.

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

Extraordinary and Everyday Events
What downtown happenings were the talk of the town?

Fun Features
Which downtown locations were special to Faribault residents?

Secret Stories
What were downtown’s secrets?

Virtual Tour
Ten great downtown sites.



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