From the early days when glaciers covered the land, to the organization of a township, and the separation as a city, Blaine continues to develop. It’s home to the Anoka County Library and some of the earliest phone lines to come to Minnesota. Blaine has a fascinating history that captivates all audiences.

Early Settlers
20th Century

Early Settlers

20th Century

Sources

1. U.S. Bureau of Land Management - Survey Plats and Field Notes. https://glorecords.blm.gov/details/survey/default.aspx?dm_id=108941&sid=001nvecs.3nl .
2. Upham, Warren. Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society, 1979.
3. Wielenberg, Steven M. “Fr Joseph Goiffon.” Find A Grave, 9 Oct. 2013, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/118444244/joseph-goiffon .
4. “The Story of Blaine, Minnesota.” Blaine Historical Society, http://www.blainehistory.org/Story-of-Blaine.html .
5. “Albert Lea Evening Tribune Newspaper Archives, Sep 13, 1926.” NewspaperArchive, 13 Sept. 1926, http://newspaperarchive.com/albertlea-evening-tribune-sep-13-1926-p-1/ .
6. “Madera Tribune, Volume XLIII, Number 130, 6 April 1929.” Many Are Killed And Injured by Tornadoes In Middlewest States, http://www.cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=MT19290406.2.5 .
7. Munsch, Andrew. Historic U.S. 61: Old Highway 61 - Wyoming to the St. Louis County Line, Dead Pioneer, http://www.deadpioneer.com/routes/US8/ .
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10. “65-Hi Drive-In, Blaine.” Minnesota Drive-In Theaters, 13 July 2017, http://minnesotadriveins.com/index.php/65-hi-drive-in-blaine/ .
11. Crex Carpet Company. www.mnopedia.org/group/crex-carpet-company .
12. National Sports Center. Blaine, Minnesota. SportsEngine. https://www.nscsports.org/history .

The pictures used above came from the following sources: Anoka County Historical Society and the Blaine Historical Society.

A special thanks is given to the Anoka County Library for using the following source. It was used throughout this timeline. This book is a great source to learn more about the history of Anoka County. Lee, Stephen J. History of Circle Pines and Lexington Minnesota Full Version. 2000, Aug 21.