Pine City, Minnesota

Pine City is located in east-central Minnesota. Pine City's ZIP code (55063) more accurately reflects the town's size, with a population of about 10,000 and more native pine trees. It is an easy day trip from the Twin Cities to Pine City, the largest city in Pine County and the county seat.

Pine City is a typical rural American town, but it has surprisingly much to offer for its size. The small-town feel has faded, giving way to the suburbs that stretch outside the Twin Cities. Nevertheless, Pine City remains true to its sense of place and community, and there is no sense that it has been swallowed up by its larger neighbor to the south. Pine City sits comfortably in the shadow of Minneapolis-St. Paul, close enough for a quick detour and far enough away to enjoy the idyllic life.

Pine City is the kind of image that lingers in the American consciousness: an oak-paved courthouse square. Gazebos and bandshells. A one-seat barbershop. Gossip for breakfast and meatloaf for lunch. Small town life as it was and still is.

The town's politics are split between liberals and conservatives, historically slightly in favor of the liberals. Carhartt is a popular brand among local middle-aged men, often seen with fishhooks on their hats. Also common for both men and women is the green plaid shirt, a modern interpretation of the town's lumberjack tradition.

It is the largest city for miles, from North Branch to Cloquet and from Mora to Rice Lake, Wisconsin (a very large geographic area), yet it is not a pious place and the people are not pretentious. They are "Minnesota Nice" in fine form and eager to help tourists. The only way to better understand this city is to visit it in person.


Visitor Information Center

Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce, Pine Government Center, 315 Main Street S, ☏ +1 320 322-4040, M-F 8:30 am - 2:30 pm (by appointment) . Pine City does not have an official tourism bureau, but this Chamber of Commerce acts as a tourism bureau and does an excellent job!



Chengwatana State Forest
Chengwatana State Forest is a forest in the United States. Chengwatana State Forest is located in Pine County and the state of Minnesota, in the eastern part of the country, 1,500 km northwest of the capital city Washington, D.C. The climate is hemiboreal. The average temperature is 5 °C. The warmest month is July, at 20 °C, and the coldest is January, at −14 °C. The average rainfall is 1,097 millimeters per year. The wettest month is May, with 219 millimeters of rain, and the driest is January, with 44 millimeters.



The Dakota Indians were the first in the region. With the expansion of the Ojibwe, the area became a mix of both; by the early 19th century, the area was dominated by the Ojibwe. They hunted and hunted on the land and traded in furs at nearby trading posts. The 1837 Treaty of St. Peter's, known as the "White Pine Treaty," opened the region to the lumber industry, but the available waterways were limited.

In the late 19th century, European settlers arrived in the Pine City area, which was still one of the largest white pine forested areas in the state. Once the railroad arrived in Pine City, logging expansion began. Pine City prospered and grew to provide residents, farmers, and the expanding lumber industry with everything they needed. 1869 was platted and 1881 was incorporated.

When Buchanan County merged with Pine County in 1861, the county seat was consolidated into Pine City. Because of its location on the southern edge of Pine County, there have been attempts over the years to move the county seat to a more central location in Hinckley or Sandstone.

In 2005, Pine City became the first city in rural America to host an annual gay pride event, East Central Minnesota Pride. a book capturing Pine City's history in vintage photographs was published as part of the Images of America series.

1804 - European settlers arrive.
1837 - The Treaty of St. Peters, known as the "White Pine Treaty," opens the lumber industry in the area.
1848 - The Chengwatana community of Ojibwe is formed as a formal village.
1856 - Chengwatana becomes the county seat of Pine County.
1872 - Two years after the Chengwatana courthouse fire, Pine City becomes the county seat by popular vote and a new courthouse is built.
1881 - Pine City is incorporated as a village west of Chengwatana because the railroad was west of Cross Lake. Chengwatana becomes a ghost town.
1894 - Robinson Park in Pine City becomes "Ground Zero," a way station for aid and relief for the Great Hinckley Fire.
1903 - James Adam Bade speaks at the Associated Press annual dinner in New York City.
1914 - The Minnesota Naval Militia Armory opens in Pine City, with Minnesota Governor Everhart speaking at the inauguration in November.
1939 - The Village of Pine City built a two-story yellow brick municipal building, but became nervous that it might lose its county seat status due to the need for better office space and turned the building over to the county. Still, the words "Pine City Village Hall" were inscribed above the east entrance.
1952 - The 1886 Romanesque Revival-style courthouse building was destroyed by lightning.
1954 - Pine County financed the construction of a new courthouse through a bond issue and built an addition on the north end of the former City Hall (ironically still used as part of City Hall) with the same marble paneling and terrazzo floors. The words "Court House" were inscribed on the north entrance.
1967 - Interstate 35 passes through Pine City.
1978 - The first International Polkafest was held.
1980 - Jean Lindig Kessler of Pine City was named Princess Kay of the Milky Way.
1992 - A 30-foot-tall statue of the Voyageur is erected on the north bank of the Snake River near downtown.
2005 - The first East Central Minnesota Pride is held in Pine City by area residents.
2007 - A new courthouse is built on the north end of Pine City near the highway, a few years after a failed attempt to split the county in two.
2009 - The 2007-2008 financial crisis leads to the failure of Horizon Bank in Pine City, whose nearly $90 million in assets are acquired by Stearns Bank.
2010 - Lakeside Medical Center, a Pine City hospital, closes its doors amid a wave of local hospital closings across the United States.
2012 - On June 5, H.R. 3220 renamed the Pine City post office the "Sergeant Daniel L. Feder Post Office." 2017-The Pine City men's basketball team received national attention in the Wall Street Journal for its three-point shooting-oriented offensive philosophy.



Pine City is located in eastern Minnesota on both sides of the Snake River, a right tributary of the St. Croix River, which flows into the Mississippi. The geographical coordinates are 45°49′34″ north latitude and 92°58′07″ west longitude. The city extends over 10.13 km², which is spread over 8.91 km² of land and 1.22 km² of water.

Neighboring towns of Pine City are Hinckley (10.1 km north) and Rock Creek (7.6 km south).

The nearest major cities are Minneapolis (108 km south), Minnesota's capital Saint Paul (105 km in the same direction), Eau Claire in Wisconsin (217 km southeast), Duluth on Lake Superior (141 km northeast), and Fargo in North Dakota ( 375 km WNW).

The border with Canada is 378 km to the north.



One of the attractions of the Pine City is definitely not the weather. It is a place where you can have a boatload of fun in any season, but the climate must be taken into account.

Hidden from view by Minnesota's blustery winters (see "Cold" section) is the summer heatwave; July and August are often hot and humid. But summer nights are more pleasant, and a trip to the lakeshore offers a few degrees of respite. But there is winter, too: from November to March, temperatures can be very cold and the winds chilly. Blizzards and ice storms are a daily occurrence. However, Pine City is so accustomed to these winters that city services and public transportation rarely come to a halt.

Pine City has a few good climatic periods: May and September are pleasant and mild; April and June are mostly sunny, but can have sudden thunderstorms with heavy winds; October is cooler, but only a light coat is needed; and December and December are mild, but only a light coat is needed.



Interstate 35 runs along Pine City's western city limits. Minor highways converge in downtown Pine City. All other roads are inner-city connecting roads.

A rail line of the St. Croix Valley Railroad, a regional (Class III) railroad company, runs north-south through the metropolitan area of Pine City.

Rush City Regional Airport is a small regional airport located 9 miles south of Pine City. The nearest international airport is Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, 78 miles south.


Demographic data

As of the 2010 census, Pine City had 3,123 people in 1,322 households. The population density was 350.5 inhabitants per square kilometer. Statistically, 2.24 people lived in each of the 1322 households.

The racial makeup of the population was 95.6 percent White, 0.3 percent African American, 1.5 percent Native American, 0.7 percent Asian, and 0.2 percent from other races; 1.7 percent descended from two or more ethnic groups. Regardless of ethnicity, 1.2 percent of the population was Hispanic or Latino.

21.7 percent of the population was under 18 years old, 57.0 percent were between 18 and 64, and 21.3 percent were 65 years of age or older. 51.2 percent of the population was female.

The median annual household income was $45,801. Per capita income was $22,087. 16.9 percent of the residents lived below the poverty line.