Princeton, Minnesota

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Princeton, Minnesota
City
The Great Northern Depot served Princeton on the Great Northern Railway until 1976.
The Great Northern Depot served Princeton on the Great Northern Railway until 1976.
Motto: "A Growing Community On the Rum River"[1]
Location of the city of Princetonwithin Mille Lacs and Sherburne Countiesin the state of Minnesota
Location of the city of Princeton
within Mille Lacs and Sherburne Counties
in the state of Minnesota
Coordinates: 45°34′22″N 93°35′7″W / 45.57278°N 93.58528°W / 45.57278; -93.58528
Country United States
State Minnesota
Counties Mille Lacs, Sherburne
Area[2]
 • Total 5.18 sq mi (13.42 km2)
 • Land 4.96 sq mi (12.85 km2)
 • Water 0.22 sq mi (0.57 km2)
Elevation 981 ft (299 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 4,698
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 4,674
 • Density 947.2/sq mi (365.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55371
Area code(s) 763
FIPS code 27-52522[5]
GNIS feature ID 0649738[6]
Website www.princetonmn.org

Princeton is a city in Mille Lacs and Sherburne counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota, at the confluence of the Rum River and its West branch. The city is 50 miles north of Minneapolis and 30 miles east of St. Cloud, at the intersection of Highways 169 and 95. The population was 4,698 at the 2010 census.[7] A majority of its residents live in Mille Lacs County.

History[edit]

In the winter of 1855 Samuel Ross, Jame W. Gillian, Dorilius Morrison, John S. Prince and Richard Chute platted the town of Princeton. The plat was officially recorded on April 19, 1856.[8] The town is traditionally thought to have been named in honor of John S. Prince, who went on to become mayor of St. Paul.[9] A lack of historical evidence directly supporting this claim has prompted an alternative theory that homesick Easterners named the town after Princeton, New Jersey.[10]

Lumbering[edit]

  1. Princeton's location near the confluence of the Rum River and its West branch was critical to the town's development. In 1847 Daniel Stanchfield led an expedition to explore the Rum River.[8] The group discovered vast white pine forests upstream from Princeton's future site along the Rum River, the West Branch Rum River, and their tributaries. Three sawmills were built in Princeton between 1856 and 1867. Lumbermen floated logs down the Rum River to the Princeton's mills, though most of the logs passed through Princeton to mills in Minneapolis.

Brickmaking[edit]

Brick-making was another important industry in the Princeton area. The industry developed about two miles northeast of Princeton near beds of clay. A community known as Brickton formed in the location. From 1889 through the late 1920s several brickyards operated in Brickton, collectively producing as many as 20,000,000 bricks per year.[8] When the brick industry declined, Brickton ceased to exist. “Years after the last brick had been shipped from Brickton, specifications in contracts for construction of public buildings often stated that it should be of Princeton brick or of equally good quality.”[8]

Other[edit]

Other important industries in Princeton's early years included potato farming, starch production, dairy, and alcohol production, in which the town's distillery continues to play a key role.

The Princeton Farmers Market has been a seasonal mainstay since 1988.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.18 square miles (13.42 km2); 4.96 square miles (12.85 km2) is land and 0.22 square miles (0.57 km2) is water.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 587
1890 816 39.0%
1900 1,319 61.6%
1910 1,555 17.9%
1920 1,685 8.4%
1930 1,636 −2.9%
1940 1,865 14.0%
1950 2,108 13.0%
1960 2,353 11.6%
1970 2,531 7.6%
1980 3,146 24.3%
1990 3,719 18.2%
2000 3,933 5.8%
2010 4,698 19.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 4,698 people, 1,926 households, and 1,176 families residing in the city. The population density was 947.2 inhabitants per square mile (365.7/km2). There were 2,044 housing units at an average density of 412.1 per square mile (159.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.5% White, 0.4% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 1,926 households of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 38.7 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 22.7% were from 45 to 64; and 19.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,933 people, 1,624 households, and 998 families residing in the city. The population density was 887.7 people per square mile (342.8/km²). There were 1,670 housing units at an average density of 376.9 per square mile (145.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.27% White, 0.13% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

There were 1,624 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,216, and the median income for a family was $42,558. Males had a median income of $31,684 versus $22,009 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,381. About 2.7% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

"Coke Geysers" World Record Attempt[edit]

The Princeton High School Student Council organized a community effort to break the world record for simultaneously erupting coke geysers on May 27, 2011. The record of 2,854 bottles was set in October 2010 in the Philippines.[12] Hundreds of students participated, with a goal of setting off a series of 3,000 geysers,[13] a figure they exceeded with 3,051 total simultaneous eruptions. But Guinness World Records personnel did not officiate the event and never made the record official.[14] Students say the idea grew from a plan for a graduation prank into a way to put their small town on the map.[15] A video[16] of the attempt was broadcast on Minnesota NBC News affiliate KARE 11 and edited by a YouTube user named Physics314Nerd.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Princeton is served by the Princeton Municipal Airport.

Major highways[edit]

The following routes are located within the city of Princeton:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Princeton Minnesota". City of Princeton Minnesota. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d Princeton Centennial. #Ptown, Minn.: Princeton Centennial Committee. 1956.
  9. ^ "Profile for #Ptown, Minnesota, MN". ePodunk. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ Terry, Grace. Once Upon A River.Rogers, Minn.: Deforest Press. 2006.
  11. ^ "GRAMS, Rod, (1948 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Most Mentos and soda fountains". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Students go for world record with Mentos, Diet Coke". KTHV Television. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  14. ^ Princeton Union-Eagle http://unioneagle.com/2011/05/3051-bottles-erupt-in-record-attempt/ |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Students go for world record with Mentos, Diet Coke". KTHV Television. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  16. ^ [1]

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Coordinates: 45°34′12″N 93°34′54″W / 45.57000°N 93.58167°W / 45.57000; -93.58167