County of the week – Benton County

Here is another interesting county, check out the facts, and add any that you know of! 

Benton County
Founded: 27 October 1849

• Named after Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri, who lived from 1821 to 1851
• Fur trading and lumbering first drew settlers to the County.

Major Industries: Agriculture, services, granite mining, non-durable goods,
  manufacturing, retail, durable goods manufacturing.

Population: 34, 226 (2000 Census)

Cities: Foley, Gilman, Rice, Ronneby, Royalton, Sartell, Sauk Rapids,
  St. Cloud


• Lake Maria State Park
• Charles A. Lindbergh State Park
• Benlacs State Wildlife Management Area.
• Bibles State Wildlife Management Area.
• Lions Park
• Riverside Park.
• Sartell State Wildlife Management Area.
• Wilson Park.
• Wisneski State Wildlife Management Area.

Other Places to Visit
• Benton County Historical Society and Museum.

Upcoming Events
• Benton County Fair, July 31, to August 5, 2007.
• For a complete list of events in Benton County, visit

Thanks to the Benton County Website for the information!

Information gathered by Eric Anunobi, Sesquicentennial Fellow

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