Post by ● Sep 9, 2015

City of Fridley: A Brief History

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The city of Fridley, Minnesota was formed in 1847, when John Banfill became the city’s initial settler as he established the Banfill Tavern (currently the site of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts). At that time, the area was call Manomin. In 1851, the next settler, by the name of Abram M. Fridley, settled in Manomin. The Minnesota State legislature named the city after Abram in 1879, and Fridley became an established settlement.

The settlement became a village 70 years later. The first Mayor was Carl Hartman who additionally served as the first police chief and fire chief. In the late 1950’s, the city became a part of the industrial boom, and by 1960, the population was over 15,000.

In, 1965, The city of Fridley was hit by two F4 tornadoes. One out of every four homes was demolished or damaged in the natural disaster. Under the direction of Mayor Nee and many relief volunteers, the city was rebuilt and again became a successful community of resilient members. This resilience has shaped the culture and has helped to make it one of the top communities in the northern metro.

If you have any questions regarding the city of Fridley, Minnesota, or if you would like to sell or buy a house in the area, please feel free to visit or call 1-800-909-1953.