Stillwater is considered the historic Birthplace of Minnesota because in 1848 the first territorial convention that began the process of establishing Minnesota as a State was held on the corner of Myrtle and Main Street downtown. Stillwater is also one of Minnesota’s oldest towns, preceding Minneapolis by years. At time of incorporation as a city in 1854, Stillwater was the largest in the State.
The lumber industrymade Stillwater famous for at the height of the log boom, Stillwater’s lumber mills turned out thousands of rail cars of timber of mostly white and Norway pines. Minnesota one of the largest lumber markets in the world with Stillwater Lumber Company as one of the largest lumber mills in the country. Stillwater had all the ingredients for a lumbering town: river connections to the northern Minnesota and Wisconsin pine lands, still waters for assembling rafts, and water power. The Historic Lift Bridge built in 1931 connecting MN and WI is one of three still remaining in the country today.
Imagine… lumberjacks working the St. Croix River, steamboats bringing people and supplies, river logs jamming the river, horses and buggies tied to hitching posts, dirt and mud roads, shopkeepers selling their wares on Main Street, churches with tall steeples, Victorian mansions springing up on the hillsides and barroom brawls. You can still feel the inspiration.
Today, Stillwater’s rich and vibrant history is evident everywhere you look and is now mixed with modern amenities, restored historic mansions, over 100 owner-operated shops and restaurants in downtown alone by Historic Main Street, 20 outdoor dining patios, historic sites, wineries and breweries, paddlewheel cruises, antiques, museums, art galleries, music and many events. A popular destination for vacationers, events, and a premier Minnesota romantic city for weddings and honeymoons.
Real estate in the Stillwater area consists largely of historic Victorian mansions in the city, many with panoramic riverviews. West of downtown you will find the subdivisions of Croixwiood with homes built in the 70’s, Oak Glen with homes built in the 80’s and 90’s and Liberty on the Lake with homes built 2000-2010. Commercial and retail in the area includes Menards, Target, Cub Foods and Lowes. The proximity of Stillwater to the Twin Cities makes for a very convenient commute to the metropolitan St. Paul and Minneapolis for a Twins, Vikings, Wild or Timberwolves game.
Recreational opportunities include several championship golf courses in the area, the Brown’s Creek Trail system for hiking and biking as well as the Main Street Stairs.
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Updated: 20th October, 2020 4:51 AM (UTC).