General Info

The area was first inhabited by Ojibwe Indians as fur trading posts were established along riverbanks. Ample timber and natural resources attracted lumbermen and miners and settlements were founded. Crow Wing County was established in 1857 and named after the Crow River. Businesses were formed to meet the growing needs of residents and settlements became towns. As the railroad was constructed and iron ore deposits were discovered, Crow Wing County began to grow dramatically from a population of 14,250 in 1900, to 24,627 in 1920. Brainerd was selected as the county seat and the area continues to thrive, attracting a variety of tourists. Today Crow Wing County is home to approximately 62,172 residents.