Minnesota: Pine County

Pine County (pop. 29,750) is south of Carlton County on Interstate 35, between Duluth and the Twin Cities. It was named for the white pine forests that once flourished in the area.

Not for the actor Chris (James T. Kirk) Pine

The county seat, Pine City (pop. 3,123), is at the southern end of the county – unlike most county seats, which are more centrally located.

Hinckley and Sandstone have tried (unsuccessfully) to steal the county seat.

Just outside Pine City is the North West Company Fur Post, a reconstructed fur-trading post. It was first established in 1804.

Reopened as a historic site in 1970

The St. Croix River forms the eastern border of Pine County (with Wisconsin) in the southern part of the county. St. Croix State Park is Minnesota’s largest state park.

St. Croix River

The rapids of the Kettle River in Banning State Park are popular with canoeists and kayakers.

Officially a Wild and Scenic River

The town of Hinckley (pop. 1,800) was the center of the Great Hinckley Fire in 1894. The forest fire killed at least 400 people and burned more than 200,000 acres. Today, the Hinckley Fire Museum is in the former Northern Pacific depot.

Built in 1895

In the past, Pine County was a center of rutabaga production. The town of Askov (pop. 354), the former Rutabaga Capital of the World, still has an annual Rutabaga Festival.

Also known as “The Swedish Turnip”

In the town of Willow River (pop. 415), the Willow River Rutabaga Warehouse and Processing Plant (1935) is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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3 comments on “Minnesota: Pine County

  1. Lois says:

    There are no Trip Advisor reviews for the Willow River Rutabaga Warehouse! I’m sure that’s just an oversight. That’s a very appetizing photo.
    Pine the actor should have been born here. Probably regrets it.

  2. Parry and Barbara Dodds says:

    on the road to Rainy Lake, Dad

    Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 21:34:55 +0000 To: parrybarb@hotmail.com

  3. Mary Schlick says:

    Our early Blueberry Island neighbors had a drug store in Pine City. We honked the horn when we drove past on the highway to Iowa.

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