A Resilient Community
The City of Miltona is located in Douglas County in the West Central area of Minnesota, fifteen miles north of Alexandria on State Highway 29. Nearly halfway between the Minneapolis/St. Paul and Fargo (North Dakota) and 225 miles southwest of Duluth, Miltona residents enjoy their rural lifestyle while close enough to the benefits of more urban communities.
Before 1858 there were no settlers in the area. Southern and western Douglas County was Dakota territory: Ojibway (or Chippewa) territory included the Miltona – Spruce Hill area. By 1851, the Dakota and Ojibway had ceded their lands in Douglas County to the U. S. Government. By 1858 the Red River Trail cut through the area, connecting trade between the Red River of the North and the Mississippi River. A sizeable Sioux camp was located on the south shore of Lake Miltona. Some accounts tell of a “final battle”, but other accounts say that a settler who could speak the Sioux language, along with a group of pioneer men, met with the Sioux chief and convinced him that the Sioux should give up their weapons and leave. The Sioux moved on to the northwest.
The Homestead Act of 1862 promised land to people who were willing to clear land and live on it for 5 years. The end of the Sioux Uprising of 1862 opened more lands. The end of the Civil War, hard times in Europe, better roads and later the railroad, all encouraged settlement.
Officially organized in 1872, Miltona and Spruce Hill were among the last townships settled in Douglas County. As late as 1886, large portions of the two townships were still owned by the railroad companies. The Soo Line Railroad came through Douglas County in 1902, and the towns of Forada, Carlos and Miltona were settled. In 1910 John Hintzen purchased land in what became the village of Miltona. He built a store, laid out the village, and served in many capacities of leadership in the town. A street just west of Main Street is named for him. A depot was built in Miltona, before that time there had been a place on the northeast side of Lake Irene called The Old Spur, where people caught the train.
Then, as now, the natural beauty of the area attracted visitors who came for recreation. The resort industry flourished in Miltona township. Summer residents built lakeshore cabins and enjoyed summers at the lake. The Minnesouri and Illinois Fishing Clubs dubbed Lake Miltona “the Bass Kingdom of the United States”.
But Saturday, July 18,1970 changed the face of Miltona. About 7 p.m., a funnel cloud formed over Lake Miltona, moved across the Miltona Golf Course and touched down in the City of Miltona, destroying businesses in the center of town. The tornado destroyed the lumberyard and café, the depot, gas station, elevator and some homes. Many other buildings were damaged. Today, the City of Miltona celebrates its inspirational survival and resilience with “Tornado Days” in mid-July each year.
Its natural beauty and three lakes still make the Miltona area an attractive place to live. The largest lake is Lake Miltona (said to be named for a Sioux Chief, meaning “blue waters”). Lake Irene was originally “Reservoir Lake”, then renamed for Irene Roadruck); and Lake Vermont (or “Crooked Lake”). While the city of Miltona, itself, had been a typical rural small town, surrounded by farms, today homes are replacing fields and many residents work in Alexandria or Parkers Prairie. In recent years, both the City of Miltona and Miltona Township have attracted many retirees who enjoy the community and the recreational opportunities in the area. (This brief history was compiled in 2006 as a project of Team Miltona.)
For more information on activities in and around Miltona, Minnesota, visit:
- Minnesota Lakes
- Minnesota DNR Lake Finder
- Minnesota Lakes Association
- Minnesota Historical Society
- Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum
- Explore Minnesota - North Central / West Region
- Meet Minneapolis
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Learn more about Miltona, Minnesota…Douglas County, MN (official website)
Miltona, MN Google Earth Map
Miltona Chamber of Commerce
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Miltona, MN on Wikipedia.com
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The State of Minnesota
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