Minnesota History Timeline
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State Government Site
Submitted by K. Torp, November 2011
Fur traders from France reached Wisconsin Minnesota.
Daniel Greysolon Dulhut (Duluth) met with Indians near Mille Lacs Lake.
Father Louis Hennepin was the first European to see the Falls of St. Anthony.
The French built forts and settlements in Minnesota.
The North West Company became important in the fur trade after the Revolutionary War; Grand Portage was its headquarters.
The American Fur Company, under the leadership of John Jacob Astor, began operations in Minnesota.
All of Minnesota became American territory.
Henry R. Schoolcraft discovered the source of the Mississippi River and named it Lake Itasca.
The Chapel of St. Paul was built, giving the name to the future capital of the state.
The Minnesota Territory was formed.
Minnesota had a population of 6,077.
The first state capitol was constructed.
Minnesota became the thirty-second state on May 11.
The first railroad in Minnesota opened between Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The population of Minnesota was 250,099.
The first state capitol burned and a second was built.
The first iron ore was shipped from Minnesota, a product of the Vermillion Range. Six years later iron was discovered on the Mesabi Range.
St. Marys Hospital, part of the Mayo Clinic, opened in Rochester.
On September 1, killer forest fires started, destroying over 400 square miles near Hinckley and Sandstone. More than 418 people died.
Minnesota's third and present state capitol was built.
The state population was 2,982,483.
The St. Lawrence Seaway opened, allowing ocean ships to get to Duluth.
The Minnesota Twins won the World Series.
The Minnesota Twins won their second World Series.
A new record low temperature for the state was established at 9:10 a.m., February 2: 60º below zero in the City of Tower.
The state and national economies continued to set new highs as the Dow Jones stock average broke 7,000. Minnesota's unemployment rate remained steady at less than 3%, and use of state public assistance programs declined by 17%. The state treasury posted a record breaking 2.3 billon dollar surplus fueled by higher than expected tax revenues and state budget cuts.
The University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers men's basketball team won the Big Ten championship and went on to compete in the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament.
Severe winter storms and snowfalls led to record breaking spring floods along Minnesota's major river systems. Red River and Minnesota River valley communities were especially hard hit.
Minnesota won a victory when the tobacco industry agreed to a four billion dollar settlement to reimburse the state for the cost of medical treatment provided to smokers.
Former Brooklyn Park mayor Jesse Ventura was elected governor, defeating both the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate, Attorney General Hubert H. (Skip) Humphrey III, and the Republican candidate, St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman. The Reform Party candidate and former professional wrestler became the first "third party" governor since 1936.
The Minnesota Vikings came within seconds of reaching the Super Bowl.
The state population was 4,919,479.
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