Dayton and Ramsey


Population (2010)


Lyman Dayton

Lyman Dayton

Many of the earliest settlers had French Canadian roots, but the town was named for Lyman Dayton, a New Englander from St. Paul, who owned a lot of land in the area and platted the town site. Dayton was a busy small town in the late 1880s, with a strategic position at the confluence of the Crow and Mississippi Rivers. A flour mill and saw mill were among the early industries. Dayton is split between Wright and Hennepin Counties.


Population (2010)

The city of Ramsey has been through explosive growth in the past generation, going from 1,179 residents in 1960 to almost 24,000 in 2010. Virtually all of that growth has been residential, as Ramsey developed into a bedroom community for the Twin Cities. The city has been around for a while, though.

Mississippi River near Dayton and Ramsey

Mississippi River near Dayton and Ramsey

Once the site of a trading post, permanent settlers began arriving in 1852. Originally known as Itasca, the village was platted in 1852. It grew to include a hotel, coach stop, railroad station, and a post office. The village was busy enough to be in the running for the territorial capital, although it eventually lost out to St. Paul. Itasca was renamed Ramsey in 1858 in honor of the first territorial Governor, Alexander Ramsey. In 1974, the entire township of Ramsey incorporated as a city.

Exploring the Area
The northern end of the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area begins at Dayton and Ramsey and continues for 72 miles through the Twin Cities to Hastings.

If you continue downriver, you enter the suburbs of the Twin Cities metro region (see the Twin Cities Overview page). On the east bank, the next community is Anoka. On the west bank, the next community is Champlin.

Next stop upriver: Elk River and Otsego.

© Dean Klinkenberg, 2015

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About the Author:

Dean Klinkenberg, the Mississippi Valley Traveler, is on a mission to explore the rich history, diverse cultures, and varied ecosystems of the Mississippi River Valley, from the Headwaters in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. He is the author of Rock Island Lines, a mystery, and several guidebooks for the Mississippi Valley.

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