Post by ● Jun 6, 2015

City of Independence: A Brief History

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At one point, the area of Independence, Minnesota was comprised of nothing more than woods, lakes, streams, and the occasional open space. The only inhabitants were the Dakota Indians, and they made use of the woods and water by providing themselves with plenty of game. However, all of this changed as a result of the Traverse de Sioux treaty. This treaty allowed the settlers to flood the area while the Indians moved out to the west.  Most of the settlers moved to the location because they were drawn to the woods and plentiful farming opportunities.

Independence Township was organized on April 11, 1858, but did not became known as the Village of Independence until 1957. During that time, the locals made a living off of their farmed goods and sold the rest to be purchased in the market. The city was named after the the largest lake in the area, Lake Independence. It got its name from the fourth of July being such a popular holiday on and around the lake. This lake provided attraction and small amounts of tourism to the town when the Lake Minnetonka area was too full of visitors. The excess amount of tourists came to Lake Independence in order to get the experience of lakeside vacationing. Eventually, the city was officially incorporated in 1974. Since then it has been a peaceful town full of space and quiet living.

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