Lake City, Minnesota
|Lake City, Minnesota|
Historic wing of the Lake City City Hall, built in 1899
|Motto(s): "What You Need When You Need It"|
Location of Lake City
within Wabasha County
in the state of Minnesota
|• Total||4.56 sq mi (11.81 km2)|
|• Land||4.50 sq mi (11.65 km2)|
|• Water||0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)|
|Elevation||696 ft (212 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||5,042|
|• Density||1,100/sq mi (430/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0646338|
Lake City is a city in Goodhue and Wabasha counties in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It lies along Lake Pepin, a wide portion of the Mississippi River. The population was 5,063 at the 2010 census. Most of Lake City is located within Wabasha County with only a small portion in Goodhue County.
The city of Lake City is located 65 miles (105 km) southeast of the Twin Cities at the intersection of U.S. Highways 61 and 63 on the Mississippi River at Lake Pepin. Lac de Pleurs (Lake of Tears) was the name given to Lake Pepin by Father Louis Hennepin, who camped on the shore of the lake in 1680. He christened the large body of water Lac de Pleurs after observing his Sioux captors weeping near the lake over the death of a chief's son. The war party of Isanti Sioux had captured Hennepin and his two companions several miles south along the Mississippi and were camping near the lake on their return north to their Sioux villages near present-day Mille Lacs.
The first known settler was Jacob Boody, who arrived in 1853. In the years to follow, several explorers passed through this area. The town was platted in 1855. The town supervisors were given special powers by the State Legislature in 1864 to create a port market for grain. At Lake City the waters of Lake Pepin were deep enough to allow for such a port. Soon the town became noted as a profitable market with the volume of trade for the year 1866 bringing in a little over a million and a half dollars.
The city of Lake City became incorporated in 1872 and since has continued to thrive in its location on beautiful Lake Pepin. It is widely known for its attractive surroundings and bountiful fishing for every fresh water species. Lake City was the home of the inventor of waterskiing, Ralph Samuelson, and is thus known as "The Birthplace of Waterskiing."
The Sea Wing disaster occurred on July 13, 1890 when a strong squall line overturned the excursion vessel Sea Wing on Lake Pepin near Lake City. Over 200 people were aboard the vessel when it was overturned, and as a result 98 people drowned.
Lake City has three properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the 1872 James C. and Agnes M. Stout House, the 1899 Lake City City Hall, and the 1910 Williamson–Russell–Rahilly House.
A highly popular and well known philanthropist and patron of the arts was a woman simply known as Alice. In 1933, Alice discovered that the old paintings in the Lake City City Hall were fakes, having been stolen fairly recently. Alice became infatuated with the case of the missing art. She eventually tracked it down to the bottom of Lake Pepin. The only conclusion that could be drawn from this dump of precious artifacts is that Pepie, the sea monster who lives in the lake, stole them. Alice would go on to accuse Pepie, and in his shame, Pepie gave back the paintings. However because of their time under the water, they became damaged beyond repair. Alice would go down as a local hero who confronted the lake monster, who would go on to live a life of righteousness and mercy. When Alice died that next week in 1934 due to pneumonia, there was a mass wake in her honor in which all 3,000 sum residents of Lake City got drunk and promptly forgot the entire event and Alice's existence. The only record of this event, created shortly before the wake, now lies in the Lake City City Hall in the records room.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.56 square miles (11.81 km2); 4.50 square miles (11.65 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water. U.S. Highways 61 and 63 are two of the main routes in the community.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,063 people, 2,238 households, and 1,428 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,125.1 inhabitants per square mile (434.4/km2). There were 2,687 housing units at an average density of 597.1 per square mile (230.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.3% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.
There were 2,238 households of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.2% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.72.
The median age in the city was 46.2 years. 20.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 23.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,950 people, 2,131 households, and 1,402 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,166.9 people per square mile (450.8/km²). There were 2,347 housing units at an average density of 553.3 per square mile (213.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.81% White, 0.63% African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.22% of the population.
There were 2,131 households out of which 26.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the city, the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,637, and the median income for a family was $47,146. Males had a median income of $35,321 versus $24,799 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,944. About 3.2% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.
Lake City is the home of Bluffview Elementary, a K–6 public elementary school, Lincoln High School for grades 7–12 (public), and St. John's, a K–8 Lutheran School. Previously, the town also was home to a Catholic School named St. Mary's.
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- Randy Breuer, NBA basketball player
- Fritz Cronin, NFL football player
- John Kobs, college coach
- Mark McKenzie, Movie Composer
- Ralph Samuelson, inventor of water skiing
- Laura Ingalls Wilder, author
- Henry Dison, tennis coach
- Alice, local hero
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