History of Lake County, 1600-1800

200px-map_of_minnesota_highlighting_lake_county.svg.jpgLake County was founded on February 20, 1855, as Superior County, though its name was changed on March 3, of that year to St. Louis County. On March 1, 1856, St. Louis County became Lake County, while Newton County to the west was renamed St. Louis County.

It's county seat is Two Harbors.
Largest city: Two Harbors

Area

Total: 2,991 sq mi (7,746 km)

Land: 2,099 sq mi (5,437 km)

Water: 892 sq mi (2,309 km), 29.81%

Population (2000): 11,058

Density: 5/sq mi (2/km)

Founded: March 1, 1856

Named for: Lake Superior

(1) Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_County,_MN

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the area had long been inhabited by Native American groups. At the time of European contact, the principal Native American groups in the region were the Dakota (Sioux) and Ojibwe (also called Anishinabe or Chippewa). The economy of these groups was based on hunting, fishing and gathering, with wild rice being of particular importance. The first Europeans to explore the area were the French in the late 1600s that were followed by trappers, fur traders, missionaries, and explorers.