Mahtomedi started out in Greenfield (renamed Grant) Township in 1858. In December 1918 Mahtomedi became a part of Lincoln Township, which was organized out of the western sections of Grant. Lincoln Township also included the villages of Dellwood and Wildwood, along with the east half of White Bear Lake. The name Mahtomedi comes from the Dakota name of the lake—mató, the grey bear, and mde, a lake.

The Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad reached the east side of the lake in the early 1870s, following the general route of Dellwood Avenue. The Minneapolis & St. Paul Suburban Railroad Co. reached the area in 1892. In 1899 the Twin City Rail Transit Company began regular streetcar service to Mahtomedi and Stillwater. The company also established Wildwood Amusement Park and picnic grounds on the southeast shore of White Bear Lake. It was an immediate hit with St. Paulites who rode out on the streetcars for 10 to 15 cents—no admission was charged to get into the park.

Mahtomedi, a village consisting mostly of summer homes, was platted in July 1883 by the First Mahtomedi Assembly of the Chautauqua Association. The Chautauqua concept originated in New York State to train Sunday school teachers, but soon introduced correspondence courses, lecture-study groups, reading circles, and summer assemblies, filling a need for adult education. The Assembly built several cottages and a fine tabernacle seating 3,000 people on the southeast side of White Bear Lake. Tent villages sprang up—one summer there were more than 3,000 people in tents during Chautauqua.

Today, Mahtomedi is home to one of the top rated school systems in the state and as a result has become a very sought after community by those seeking a quality education for their children. Homes vary widely in the area from renovated lakeside cottages to newer homes in developments east of the lake in closer proximity to the middle and senior high schools.

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