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Another historic Anoka Park Site

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Itasca Village Townsite
We have been visiting the Way Side or Rest Area in our City that adjoins the Dayton Port Roadside Park AKA Itasca Wayside and AKA Weigh Station Highway Park. This is 15 acres to enjoy filled with lovely oaks


One of the last remnants of the Oak Savannah in Anoka County that hasn’t been spoiled or destroyed by construction. It is a clean, peaceful, quiet, non-crowded, historical place to visit…have a picnic or go fishing, watch the birds making their strafing run down the Mississippi River flyway.








We were told that years ago our City was called Watertown and had a fur trading post as part of its history...Here is the official info.

Ramsey is one of the northernmost communities within the boundary of the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area. There are open & covered picnic areas that overlook the Mississippi River, fire pits for grilling your fish, etc. It is open all year long.



This is a Class 1 rest area with paved roads, pet exercising areas, lighted walkways, telephone facilities, , map of the area, snack machine, water fountain.
The bathrooms are well equipped for everyone including the handicapped. They have multiple stalls, are bright clean tiled bathrooms with full mirrors, outlets, HOT WATER, heated dryers for your hands, hand soap & other needs covered.

This Wayside Marker is located at the rest stop on the south side of US Highway 10 in Ramsey, also called the Itasca Wayside and the Weigh Station Highway Park



The marker commemorates Itasca Village, the first settlement in Ramsey. According to the Ramsey Comprehensive management plan, “trading took place between white settlers and the Winnebago Indians as early as 1849. This trading business eventually led to settlement of the first permanent colony in 1850.” The first government wagon road was established in 1852 leading from Point Douglas (near Hastings) through Saint Paul, Saint Anthony, Anoka and beyond. A fragment of this oxcart trail remains in the western and southern portions of the rest area. Itasca Village emerged here on the banks of the Mississippi River and alongside this oxcart trail, and was named after Itasca at the headwaters of the Mississippi. Eventually buildings included the Itasca Hotel, a trading post, homes, a stage coach barn and a post office. Later a stop on the railroad was added and settlers traveled on the Mississippi to Itasca Village on the Governor Ramsey steamboat.

Currently, visitors to the rest stop enjoy breathtaking views of the Mississippi from picnic sites on the banks of the river. The rest stop is also a feature along the Great River Road.


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FOZZIE12 12/26/2012 12:55PM

    I enjoyed reading the Historical information and your review of the Itasca Village Townsite Park. I drive by and admire it. How fun it must be to have a pet to explore the parks with. I spend most of my time at the Regional Park Dam for short fast walks on warm weather days.

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OTEN36 10/23/2012 2:38AM

    great blog Dusty. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 10/20/2012 5:51PM

    Looks beautiful. My DD is over in Fargo area!

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TEALHAWK 10/20/2012 5:49PM

  Nice pictures

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WHISPERINGPINE9 10/15/2012 8:21AM

    Very nice pictures!

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MARY1313 10/12/2012 11:20AM

    thanks for posting your pictures! Cuddles is a cutie pie!

Mary

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WILDASTER 10/10/2012 11:44PM

    Hi Dusty,

I also live in Anoka county in MN. I am in Columbia Heights. We are always looking for more parks and libraries to visit! I would like to do some hiking but none of the guide books I have seen show very many hiking sites that have marked trails. Do you come across your information on the internet or do you have books?

I am interested in day trips that I can do with my kids. We would love to see something interesting and do some walking or hiking. I think it would be fun to visit this park! We have been to Itaska and did a bike ride there when the kids were smaller, it was kind of a disaster with a head strong 3 year old who wanted to ride his own bike the whole way. I can laugh about it now but it was horrid at the time. He was getting so tired that we took him off his bike and strapped him into the kiddie trailer, and he screamed for about 20 minutes before he fell asleep. Now he is 21 and is quite a good athlete, I guess the drive has always been there for him!

I am looking forward to more of your blogs about our great state and our own county in particular!

Great Blog!

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DEE107 10/9/2012 9:44PM

    very nice and also like your blog

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TEALHAWK 10/9/2012 9:11PM

  thanks dusty, that was nice and interesting

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GOLDDUSTTWIN 10/9/2012 7:32PM

    Wetmac, a valid question...my reply is too many parks to count is the short answer. So for anyone else wondering what the answer is...here is a bit longer but not complete version.

See the mail I sent you for more details. There are 5 national park service sites, 74 state parks, 7 state recreation areas, 8 state waysides, and 22 state trails. There are 87 counties in MN. Just counting those in Anoka County there are 18 county & regional parks which encompass several lakes, the Rum River and part of the Mississippi River.

Our first state park Itasca is the source of the Mississippi River.
In all 4 million acres managed by the MN DNR (Department of Natural Resources) in our state parks & lands and 5.5 million acres in our National Forests here in MN.

There are 15,291 official lakes in the state and 11,842 of them are 10 acres or larger. Lake Superior is the largest lake in the state at 962,700 acres (3,896 km). Minnesota has 6,564 natural rivers and streams that cumulatively flow for 69,000 miles (111,000 km). Minnesota's shoreline from its lakes and rivers provide more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined. The state of Minnesota is close to the size of all of the UK. Minnesota has 50,950,451.2 acres. UK has 60,198,400 acres.

WE have all kinds of migratory waterfowl, raptors (Birds of Prey, and song birds as well as wildlife from the large bison, elk , moose & black bear to red fox, wolves and wild turkeys.

Fish...we have them, walleye, large & small bass, northern pike, rainbow trout plus other trout, and for me the crappies & sunfish the best tasting fish..unless we add salmon!

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WETMAC 10/9/2012 6:17PM

    DUSTY, HOW MANY PARKS DO YOU HAVE IN MINNESOTA? IT MUST BE SO RICH IN NATURALBEAUTY, BOTH FLORA AND FAUNA THAT IT OBVIOUSLY PAYS TO KEEP THEAREAS AS PARKS AND YU ARE TRULY BLESSED WITH SUCH A WONDERFUL ARRAY OF THEM. I TRULY ENVY YOU AS YOU HAVE SO MANY PLACES TO GO AND VISIT AND YOU SURELY NEVER CAN GET TIRED OF GOING TO THEM. ANOTHER STUNNING BLOG. THANK YOU.

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SHERRY666 10/9/2012 5:42PM

    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE......... SO MUCH SPACE AND NOT CROWDED..... GREAT CLEAN BATHROOMS..... HARD TO FIND IN ANY REST STOP OR PARK.

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GABY1948 10/9/2012 5:18PM

    Great information! Thanks for sharing this

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