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.