History of Minnetonka
Minnetonka placed itself on the national map in 1852 with the construction of the only saw mill west of the Mississippi. The mill used the flowing waters of Lake Minnetonka as they rushed down the Minnehaha Creek to power the saw. With this state-of-the-art saw mill, the city of Minnetonka attracted businesses and people all the way from the East Coast. With the influx of growth, hotels, blacksmiths, grocery stores, barbershops and such were built overnight to provide for the needs of the growing community. As the town grew the saw mill eventually was altered to mill flour in order to better serve the residents and businesses. This busy city became a meeting point for the railroads and streetcars as they transported residents and vacationers west to Lake Minnetonka, adding to the growth of the town. Since then, train tracks have been removed and the Minnetonka Mill is no longer standing, but Minnetonka’s economy has maintained the growth that started over a century ago.
Highlights of Minnetonka
Residents of Minnetonka experience the best of everything the area has to offer. Lakeside neighborhoods with tree lined streets are minutes away from an abundance of urban luxury retail and dining options. Residents can be found taking advantage of the summer at one of the numerous beaches, biking on the trails, or canoeing down the headwaters of Minnehaha Creek as it twists through the beautiful city. Read More...