Pivot Stillwater

Slab Alley

slab alley

Slab Alley, south of the Crabtree Service Station.  

Slab Alley, south of the Crabtree Service Station.  

 
 

Slab Alley of Stillwater

Written by Bill Fredell

Slab Alley is named after large slabs of lumber that were trimmed from the outside diameter of the trees.  These pieces were used in the construction of the homes in the photos.  The structures on Slab Alley were the homes of mostly employees of the lumber factories in Stillwater. 

Slab alley was a small part of what is now south Main Street. Slab alley was actually only two blocks long.  

 
 
The Crabtree Service Station at the edge of Slab Alley.    

The Crabtree Service Station at the edge of Slab Alley.  

 

Aiple Home in South Stillwater.    

Aiple Home in South Stillwater.  

 

Northwestern Brewery, owned by Mr. Aiple in South Stillwater.    

Northwestern Brewery, owned by Mr. Aiple in South Stillwater.  

 

The Hersey Bean Lumber operation was located in South Stillwater across from Slab Alley, near the site of the Aiple Home and the present Oasis Cafe.  The river access was important to receiving lumber from the north via the Boomsite as well as for rafting operations to ship cut lumber via the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers before the railroads in 1872. Remnants of this operation can still be found along the walking path between the Lift Bridge and the New Bridge.  The base of the chimney still stands at the location on the Stillwater bluff above the river.

The Hersey Bean Lumber operation was located in South Stillwater across from Slab Alley, near the site of the Aiple Home and the present Oasis Cafe.  The river access was important to receiving lumber from the north via the Boomsite as well as for rafting operations to ship cut lumber via the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers before the railroads in 1872. Remnants of this operation can still be found along the walking path between the Lift Bridge and the New Bridge.  The base of the chimney still stands at the location on the Stillwater bluff above the river.