The oldest public wildflower garden in the United States, the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, is located in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.
Chisago County, Minnesota, has a rich history dating back thousands of years to the Indigenous people who first inhabited the region. The area, known for its abundance of lakes and rivers, provided an excellent environment for fishing and hunting. The Dakota Sioux were the primary Native American inhabitants of the area until the mid-19th century when European settlers arrived.

In the early 1800s, fur traders began to explore the region, establishing trading posts along the St. Croix River. These posts formed the foundation for more permanent settlements, attracting pioneers from the east. In 1851, Chisago County was officially established, named after the Chisago Lake, a Dakota word meaning "chest" or "brave."

The economy of Chisago County was initially based on agriculture, with settlers clearing land for farming and raising livestock. The construction of railroads in the late 1800s opened up new opportunities for trade and transportation, further fueling the growth of the county. Along with agriculture, logging became a significant industry, as the abundant forests in the region provided an essential source of timber.

As the population grew, small towns and communities developed throughout Chisago County. The county seat, Center City, became a hub for government and commerce. Today, Chisago County is a vibrant community that blends its agricultural heritage with modern industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and tourism. The county remains a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering numerous recreational activities, including boating, fishing, hiking, and skiing.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Chisago County, Minnesota.

  • 1837 - Chisago County is established as a county in the Minnesota Territory.
  • 1851 - The first permanent settlers arrive in the area.
  • 1855 - The first post office is established in Taylor's Falls, a city within Chisago County.
  • 1861 - The city of Taylors Falls is incorporated.
  • 1868 - The city of Center City is incorporated.
  • 1870 - The first railroad line, the St. Paul and Duluth, is constructed in the county.
  • 1871 - The city of Lindström is incorporated.
  • 1873 - The city of Chisago City is incorporated.
  • 1894 - The city of North Branch is incorporated.
  • 1900 - The city of Rush City is incorporated.
  • 1929 - The Great Depression hits Chisago County, causing job losses and economic decline.
  • 1930 - Several New Deal programs help revive the county's economy.
  • 1933 - The Chisago Lakes Water Trail is created, boosting tourism and outdoor recreation.
  • 1960 - The construction of interstate highways 35 and 35E provides better transportation access.
  • 1984 - The Wild River State Park is established, promoting conservation and outdoor activities.
  • 2007 - The city of Wyoming is incorporated.