This coming weekend the
little “City” of Roosevelt will celebrate its centennial.
Roosevelt had its beginning when the Canadian Northern railroad
routing the rails through the area. The history of the area
recently was published in a centennial book. The information in
this column over the next few weeks will be taken from that
“1900- ‘the siding and new
post office to be established at Willow Creek is to be named
1901--Hurrah for Roosevelt!
“Roosevelt is the new post office recently established at Willow
As we continue
looking at the history of Roosevelt as recorded in
Roosevelt, Minnesota 1906 – 2006,
we are able to see the benefits of a good road system or railroad
development through an area. What was considered a swampy area,
Roosevelt was found to be not so swampy as just in need to some
good land maintenance.
winter travel would be a bit easier...depending on the weather, of
course. If a person wanted to get a far as Warroad, the Sand Ridge
Trail provided a decent trail in the winter, however, the ridges
didn’t connect, and in between were swampy sections which could
make travel very difficult (for summer travel). Of course, the
many trees also played a role in how far a person could go to
“Logging was important to the development of Roosevelt...and of
course, the railroad was essential to getting the logs to their
“In 1901 work was progressing rapidly on the new railway. There
was only one logical place to build a business...near the railway,
and near a siding. The Norquist brothers were preparing to put in
a large sawmill in Roosevelt. They were planning to have it
completed by the spring of 1902.
“The CNR went through Roosevelt in 1900, though there was not a