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Anoka County, Minnesota

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Anoka County was organized by an act of the Minnesota Territorial Legislature on May 23, 1857, the year prior to Minnesota's admission to the Union. It was formed from parts of Ramsey County and Benton County; the Rum River previously divided the line between the two counties. The boundaries were mainly the same as they are now, except for a small part of the southeastern tip along the Mississippi River and at the south, formerly known as Manomin County. It was a small portion that connected to Ramsey and occupied one-third of the congressional township. It was then attached to Anoka County by constitutional amendment November 2, 1869. It became known as Fridley in 1879.

The first white men to explore what is now Anoka County were the Franciscan friar Louis Hennepin and his party. Fur traders soon began to settle in the area which is now Ramsey County. They settled on the Rum River and more people were attracted to the area. A community was created which is now called Anoka.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Townships

+Indicates County Seat

  • Andover
  • +Anoka
  • Bethel
  • Blaine
  • Centerville
  • Circle Pines
  • Columbia Heights
  • Columbus
  • Coon Rapids
  • East Bethel
  • Fridley
  • Ham Lake
  • Hilltop
  • Lexington
  • Lino Lakes
  • Linwood Township
  • Nowthen
  • Oak Grove
  • Ramsey
  • Saint Francis
  • Spring Lake Park



The Anoka Post Office

The Locke House

The Carlos Avery Game Farm

Sparre Barn

Windego Park Auditorium/Open Air Theater