Across the street from the Church of the Assumption, is Mickey's Diner, one of St. Paul's most recognizable and enduring landmarks. Built in 1937, it's a very rare example of a prefabricated diner designed to look like a classic railroad car. As such is only 50 feet long and 10 feet wide. A vestibule was added later to make the diner a little more comfortable. It has appeared in movies, such as "Jingle All the Way," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and and magazines such as National Geographic and Smithsonian. The diner was built in New Jersey and transported to St. Paul in 1939. It was placed on the National Register Historic Places in 1983 and was one of the first diners to receive this designation. It has been in continuous operation every day since its opening.


  • Mickey's Diner arrived in St. Paul in 1939 and has been open every day, 24 hours a day, ever since.
    Mickey's Diner arrived in St. Paul in 1939 and has been open every day, 24 hours a day, ever since.
"History." Mickey's Diner. Accessed April 19, 2017. http://www.mickeysdiningcar.com/history.html.

Murphy, Patricia. "Mickey's Diner." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. February 24, 1983. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/d9919515-25cd-447b-99e4-b56926620c8b.

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