About Inver Grove Heights

Inver Grove

In 1852, pioneers staked claims in an area known as Inver Grove. Attracted by the area's rolling green hills of the countryside and the close proximity to the Mississippi River, these settlers from Ireland and Germany quickly established a community. Those of Irish descent clustered their farms along what is now Rich Valley Boulevard. Settlers from Germany laid claim to the wooded farmland in the northwest portion of the community, clearing and cultivating fields from among the area lakes. Other settlers from France and England built homes along the Mississippi River.

By April of 1858, the Township of Inver Grove Heights was incorporated and the first Board of Supervisors was elected. From 1858 until 1880, hundreds of settlers were attracted to the township that was named after an Irish fishing village, "Inver" and commemorating the homeland of the German settlers, "Grove." By 1880, 240 farms, four churches and four school districts had been established.

As commercial and industrial expansion took place in the late 1880's, people living in the one square mile adjacent to the railroad separated themselves from the surrounding area by incorporating as the Village of Inver Grove in 1909. The two entities existed side by side for more than 56 years. In that time, farmland changed hands infrequently.

The City of Inver Grove Heights

Since the creation of the City of Inver Grove Heights in 1965, the area has grown considerably. The supply of vacant land which attracted the original settlers is still attracting people today. The community that was started by a few settlers is expected to have a population that exceeds 44,000 by 2020.

Today, Inver Grove Heights is home to approximately 30,000 residents who have chosen this area whose boundaries expand over 28 square miles of rolling wooded terrain that provides for an engaging mix of residential dwellings and commercial facilities. In addition, the schools, park facilities, community center and golf course are among the Twin Cities best.

Every September the community celebrates with Inver Grove Heights Days. Highlights include a treasure hunt, many sporting activities and tournaments, street dance, parade, and fireworks display. This is a family-centered event that attracts people from all around the area.

Located in Northern Dakota County, Inver Grove Heights is in close proximity to the Mississippi River Valley, which provides a beautiful natural setting and year-round recreational activities. Lakes, ponds, and wetlands cover many areas of the city. Residents have a wide choice of housing, ranging from apartments to large-lot estates.

There has been significant commercial development recently, with the arrival of several restaurants, a hotel, and a 16-screen movie theater all within an area adjacent to Highway 52 and Blaine Avenue.

The Cahill Corridor, designated as Inver Grove Heights' Main Street annually celebrates the holiday season among it's business and merchants with decorative lighting and festivities. Holiday on Main Street is an annual event that includes such activities as Santa Brunch, Reindeer Sleigh Rides, Hay Rides, an Arts and Crafts Show, and the Christmas Tree Lighting and Dedication.

From the unique and diverse history that the community grew from, to the values and quality of life that make it home to thousands today, Inver Grove Heights is a particularly good choice when looking for a home, a business opportunity, or a place to spend some time with your family exploring.