Post by ● Oct 10, 2015

City of Roseville: A Brief History

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The city of Roseville, Minnesota began like many other cities in the Twin Cities metro area. The land that modern-day Roseville occupies was originally the home of the Dakota and Ojibwa tribes. It wasn’t until 1843 that the first non-Native American settlers arrived and began to colonize the area.

In 1850 a township was formed and was named the Rose Township after Isaac Rose, one of the first settlers in the area. At the time, this township included modern-day cities such as Roseville, Lauderdale, Falcon Heights, and parts of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Up until the 1930’s the area was used primarily for agricultural purposes, but progress was on its way. With its convenient location, open space, and adjacent railroads, the Rose Township was destined for commercial development. An increasing number of people began to move to the area to escape the crowded city and enjoy the peaceful suburbs. In 1948, the area’s population had swelled to such a point that individual villages were incorporated. The Rose Township split into the Roseville, Falcon Heights, and Lauderdale villages.

Roseville’s incorporation as a village only further advanced the area’s commercial development. The 1950’s and 60’s saw a boom of commercial activity. The first Target store was opened in Roseville in 1962. Roseville was also the first city in Minnesota to host Barnes and Noble, Dairy Queen, and McDonald’s. In 1969, the Rosedale Center was opened, offering extensive shopping options for residents and visitors alike. This continual commercial development led to Roseville becoming a central location for the northeastern metro.

Today Roseville, Minnesota is a peaceful suburb with a vibrant and dynamic commercial sector.

If you have any questions regarding the city of Roseville, 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.