The City of Grant is located on the eastern fringe of the Twin Cities’ urban core area within west central Washington County. Grant is bordered by Stillwater Township and the city of Stillwater to the east, Lake Elmo (Hwy 36) to the south, Pine Springs, Mahtomedi, White Bear Township and Dellwood to the west, and Hugo, Withrow and May Township to the north. The southwest border is slightly more than a mile from the Hwy 36 and 694 interchange.
Rural character best describes Grant – including private well and septic systems. Though there are neighborhoods with smaller lot sizes, zoning since 1976 has mandated an average lot size of 10 acres and a minimum lot size of five acres.
Grant became a city in 1995 to preserve its rural character and protect critical habitat from high density development.
Grant, like many communities, is caught between the tension of development and protecting the natural and rural climate that makes it appealing.
Natural resources are vital to Grant and include mixed hardwood forests, remnant prairie, wetlands, ponds, streams and lakes. Hobby farms have replaced most of the commercial farming operations and an extensive trail system is frequented by horseback riders, bicyclists, skiers, runners and snowmobilers. The Gateway Trail is the best known recreational feature of Grant.
Married Population: 72.3%
Average Commute Time: 27 minutes
Median Age: 45.6
Household Size: 3
Median Home Price: $377,200
City Website: http://www.cityofgrant.us/
City of Grant
111 Wildwood Road
Willernie, MN 55090
The city is serviced by two public school districts:
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Grant was settled by farmers from the East Coast of the U.S. in the 1850s. The township was organized in 1858 as Greenfield Township, named by Socrates Nelson for his former home in Massachusetts. It originally covered today’s cities of Grant, Mahtomedi, Willernie, Birchwood, and Dellwood and two-thirds of East White Bear Lake. In 1864, learning there was another Greenfield Township in Hennepin County, the county changed the name to Grant, to honor Ulysses S. Grant.
Over the years Grant Township was broken up into smaller units. The western one-third near the lake, which was heavily settled at an early date, became Lincoln Township in 1918. Eventually Lincoln was split up into Mahtomedi, Willernie, Birchwood, Pine Springs, and Dellwood. Grant Township was reorganized as the City of Grant in 1996 and in 2005 boasted a population of slightly over 4,200.
New Yorkers Albion Masterman and William Rutherford were first to open farms in the eastern part of Grant and adjoining Stillwater townships. They were Stillwater men who took advantage of the first land sales in 1849 to buy farmland. As settlers arrived, they formed the nucleus of the Rutherford Settlement. A flour mill was built nearby in 1857 on Brown’s Creek by James Rutherford and S. C. Booth.
At that time, Highway 96 (Dellwood and McKusick Roads), was an Indian trail used as a cart trail by travelers between Stillwater and White Bear Lake. It was the first public road in the township, generally called the Rum River Road because it was the direct route from Stillwater to Anoka on the Rum River and the Mississippi pineries. Another road was surveyed across the township in 1847, connecting Stillwater with St. Paul on a line south of White Bear Lake.
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