Steve Baklaich in St Cloud does such nice posts about his community and it's rich history. Even thought I am in the Twin Cities, I still enjoy them and thought you might like them too. If you are in the St Cloud area, you REALLY should check this out!
Benton County Historical Society and Museum - Preserving the Past and the Present for the Future...
Benton County Minnesota is centrally located in the state and is adjacent to the counties of Morrison (north), Sherburne (south), Mille Lacs (east) and Stearns (west). The Benton County History Museum is full of local information and an amazing resource for researching genealogy. The Genealogy section is prized, even a partnership has been formed between the Benton County Museum and rootsweb via ancestory.com to aid in the creation of family trees.
At the Benton County Museum you will find a wealth of information about the growth of the area. There are some amazing pictures of the wreckage from the Cyclone of 1886 that struck central Minnesota almost destroying Sauk Rapids. You can learn more about Thomas Hart Benton, Senator for Missouri, who was very instrumental in implementing the homestead act which played a large role in the settling of the 5 original townships in the 408 square miles that became Benton County Minnesota.
Sauk Rapids, the largest city in Benton County, was one of these original townships created in 1858 and was named, by the Sac Indians, for the Mississippi River rapids just below the mouth of the Sauk River. The documented history contained in the museum covers amazing factoids from very early Benton County and Sauk Rapids. For instance: information about Jean Baptiste Perrault who lived in Benton County during 1789, the story of 2 fur traders who wintered at the "Grand Rapids" (Sauk Rapids) during 1797 and notes from Lewis Cass, Territorial Govenor of Michigan, who traveled through in July 1820.
Benton County is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area and if you did not pay attention to the signs you might not notice that you had crossed from Stearns County into Benton County while driving through St. Cloud (mostly located in Stearns County.) Benton and Stearns Counties have different histories that co-mingle, weaving a part of the history of Minnesota and its prosperous growth.
Benton County is a wonderful place to live from the annual Benton County Fair to its amazing history. If you are interested in living in a strong, well loved, technically un-documented but provably historic home in Benton County, I have a lovely house for sale that is one of few homes left in Sauk Rapids that survived the cyclone of 1886. The home was built in 1884 and it is in very fine condition today. The Benton County Historical Society and Museum located at 218 1st Street North Sauk Rapids, Minnesota and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Cell:320-260-3290 Saint Cloud Minnesota Real Estate
If you are relocating to central Minnesota check out all the wonderful reasons to love St Cloud. It is a wonderful area full of things to do and lots of great houses. I would welcome the opportunity to help you find your perfect place here. Visit my St Cloud real estate website for more information about buying or selling a home, or property in the central Minnesota real estate market.