Anoka County history: Historical look at Lake George

According to information provided by the Lake George Conservation Club, Lake George began its life some 20,000 years ago as a block of ice that broke off from a receding glacier.

As the ice melted it formed the depression we now know as Lake George.

The first recorded mention of Lake George comes from an Indian battle which occurred in 1845.

The battle followed a peace conference between the Lakota and Ojibwa at Fort Snelling.

Following the conference, the Ojibwa began returning home up the Mississippi and then up the Rum, and the Lakota set on their way up the Minnesota River.

It is reported that the Ojibwa took a Lakota woman with them and when the Lakota discovered this, they pursued the Ojibwa to their camp on the south shore of Lake George.

The battle that ensued lasted for three days and resulted in over 200 dead.

In 1847, federal surveyors came into the area to establish the section and township boundaries. T

he Indians had buried their dead on the shores of the lake and created burial mounds.

The surveyors noted their locations and named the lake after George Arbuckle, who was the chief surveyor of the party.

After the settlement of the area, Lake George began to become popular for urban dwellers looking to find summer recreation.

By the turn of the century many cabins and, just prior to World War I, a few resorts were built.

Vacationers first came by rail via the depot in Cedar and later by car.

The main resorts on the lake were Hopper’s (northwest shore), Yost’s (north shore), Tillbergs (later the Shoreside), Day’s (later the By Geroge Inn), and Fleet’s Inn (north shore).

This article is a reprint from the January, 1995 issue of The Community Courier

Editor’s note: June Anderson is a member/volunteer of the Anoka County Historical Society. Join her for a Ghosts of Anoka Tour this summer

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