From the early days of the resort town, to the bustling days of the railroad, to the annexation of the township, Forest Lake has always been a dynamic city. It’s the location of the oldest Minnesota Native American burial grounds. The city was the resort destination of presidents and mobsters. It has had one of the largest 4th of July parades in Minnesota. It has a fascinating history that captivates all audiences.

Native Americans
Early Settlers
20th Century
After the War

Native Americans

A Proud People with a Rich History

Early Settlers

Taming the Wilderness

20th Century

An Era of Unprecedented Innovation

After the War

The Greatest Generation is Home

Sources

1. Goodman, Robert, et al. A history of Washington County: Gateway to Minnesota History. Washington County Historical Society, 2008. p. 12.
2. Lamprey Pass Wildlife Management Area. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, www.wildlifeviewingareas.com/wv-app/ParkDetail.aspx?ParkID=566 .
3. Habitat Preservation Projects. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/nongame/land_preservation/projects.html .
4. Ojibwe Indians. Michigan State University, geo.msu.edu/extra/geogmich/ojibwe.html .
5. Treaty with the Sioux, etc. 1825.
6. 1837 Land Cession Treaties with the Ojibwe & Dakota. treatiesmatter.org/treaties/land/1837-ojibwe-dakota .
7. Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, 1851. www.mnopedia.org/event/treaty-traverse-des-sioux-1851 .
8. Folwell, William Watts. A history of Minnesota. 1922. p. 351.
9. Forest Lake Area Schools: Celebrating 100 Graduating Classes. 2011.
10. Warren Upham. Minnesota Geographic Names Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society Saint Paul, 1920 p. 569. 11. Goodman, Robert, et al. A history of Washington County: Gateway to Minnesota History. Washington County Historical Society, 2008. p. 236.
12. Neil, Edward. History of Washington County and the St. Croix Valley Including the Explorers and Pioneers of Minnesota. North Star Publishing Company, 1881. p. 467.
13. Crex Carpet Company. www.mnopedia.org/group/crex-carpet-company .
14. Peck, Lauren. Abducted in St. Paul! 21 June 2016, www.mngoodage.com/voices/mn-history/2016/06/abducted-in-st-paul/ .
15. Howard, Ryan. Does Forest Lake serve its residents well? 4 June 2015, www.hometownsource.com/forest_lake_times/news/local/does-forest-lake-serve-its-residents-well/article_599c1834-282e-5bf3-befe-f5303ba98245.html .

The pictures used above came from the following sources: Washington County Historical Society, Alamy stock photos, and the Forest Lake Area Historical Society .

A special thanks is given to the following source. It was used throughout this timeline. This book is a great source to learn more about the history of Forest Lake.
Vogel, Elsie. Reflections of Forest Lake. Forest Lake, MN, Forest Lake Centennial Association, Inc., 1993.

A second special thanks is given to the City of Forest Lake who provided further information about the history.