Anoka County, Minnesota
The community name is said to derive from a Dakota term for "on both sides of the river" and an Ojibwa term for "working waters"
Anoka County was organized by an act of the territorial Legislature on May 23, 1857, the year prior to Minnesota's admission to the Union. It was formed from parts of Ramsey County and Benton County; the Rum River previously divided the line between the two counties. The boundaries were mainly the same as they are now, except for a small part of the southeastern tip along the Mississippi River and at the south. It was a small portion that connected to Ramsey and occupied one-third of the congressional township. It was then attached to Anoka County by constitutional amendment November 2, 1869. It later became known as Fridley in 1879.
The first white men to explore what is now Anoka County were the Franciscan friar Louis Hennepin, and two others in his party. Not soon after, fur traders began to settle in the area which is now Ramsey County. They settled on the Rum River and established the county seat of Anoka.
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Anoka County Localities
Cities and Towns
Andover, Anoka, Bethel, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights,
Columbus, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Fridley, Ham Lake, Hilltop, Lexington,
Lino Lakes, Oak Grove, Ramsey, St. Francis, Spring Lake Park.
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DIRECTORIES: 1878 Gazetteer and Business Directory
OBITS: Andrew Peterson
OFFICIALS: Rosters-1882 Election Results
OFFICIALS: Albert F. Pratt, Will. A. Blanchard, O. L. Cutler
MILITARY: Soldiers - Allie Gonyea, Axel Johnson
WILLS: Inheritance Taxes - Broadbent, Daniels, Fridle
MILITARY-WWI: Gustaf Lindbloom
PEOPLE: James Stocking - submitted by Robin Line
PEOPLE: Daniel Ropping
NEWS-VISIT/RELOCATE: J. T. Woods, Lydia MacNamara
NEWS-ILLNESS/INJURY: Mr. Twitchell
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1864-Bears Killed
NEWS-BUSINESSES: Swan Bros., E. P. Hughes, Dr. A. G. Aldrich, T. G. McLean
OBITS: Submitted by Robin Line - Mary E. Graham, Leo Keubler
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