Thursday, August 11, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 11

August 11, 1857 - In 1854, settlers Peltier, LaValle, and LaMotte laid out and platted the town of Centerville in Anoka County. They chose the name Centerville because of its central location from St. Paul, Stillwater, and Anoka. The City was officially established on this date when Minnesota was still a territory.

“The settlers in the village and vicinity were mostly French, and this became known as the French settlement.”1

Upham, Warren; Minnesota Geographic Names, Their Origin and Historic Significance; Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, Minn., 1969); p. 23.

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