City of Prior Lake, MN
City of Prior Lake, MN

Prior Lake History


County: Scott County
Region: Metro
Distance from Minneapolis: 24 miles
Distance from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport: 20 miles
US Congressional Dist.: 2
MN Legislative Dist.: 35A

Prior Lake General Store

From 1870 to the 1920s there was little growth in Prior Lake. It was primarily a farming community that attracted summer residents along its shores and at the Grainwood Hotel.

The 1920s to 1950s saw Prior Lake as a typical small American town experiencing the major events surrounding two world wars.

From World War II to 1960, Prior Lake experienced moderate growth with the lake being a major recreational pastime.

From 1960 to present, Prior Lake experienced great growth, becoming a suburban/bedroom community with the lake and Hwy. 13 development as the greatest catalyst for growth.

Click here for the history of the Prior Lake Downtown area.

Click here for a more complete history of Prior Lake and the Prior Lake area since before the last Ice Age.

Click here to log into Scott County's collections that include a lot of archived Prior Lake history.