"... a proper horse goes slow
In those leafy aisles
where Cupid smiles
In Lover's Lane, Saint Jo."
- Eugene Field
Lovers Lane, beginning where 18th Street meets Grand Avenue and extending a mile and a half to the northeast until it joins Ashland Avenue, began as a shady country road lined with stately trees and edged by farmland fences. A favorite with romantic couples seeking solitude, and earlier known as Rochester Road, Lovers Lane was designated a city street in 1897 and paved in 1914.
Made internationally famous in 1889 when the poet-journalist Eugene Field penned his nostalgic lines while sojourning in England, the residential area retains its early charm, although farmhouses, fields and pastures, woods and orchards have now given way to quiet, closer neighborhoods.
Chosen as a St. Joseph Landmark in 1979, Lovers Lane invites your leisurely stroll or drive along its picturesque length.
Saint Joseph Landmark