Hugo Minneosta Old And New

Dated: 01/03/2015

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The best kept secret in the north east Twin Cities is Hugo.

HIstory:


From the Washington County Historical Society at http://www.wchsmn.org/ :

"It was settled in the early 1850s and organized in 1870. Most of the population was and is of French and French Canadian ancestry. In 1949, people still spoke French fluently and followed some of the old French customs.

Why Hugo? Some say it was named after the famous French author Victor Hugo; others that it was named after Trevanion William Hugo, who was chief engineer of the Consolidated Elevator Company in Duluth and former Duluth mayor (1900-1904) and who likely had ties to the railroad.

The southwest corner of Hugo contains a portion of Bald Eagle Lake, which straddles the Anoka, Washington, and Ramsey county lines. Development began around the lake in the 1880s. Resort hotels sprang up to accommodate vacationers coming out from St. Paul. Shadyside, a ten-block area, was laid out in 1880 adjacent to the railroad tracks on the northeast shore of the lake to provide summer housing. The railroad made it possible for families to live at the lake while the breadwinner commuted easily to St. Paul. "

Today:

The City of Hugo is characterized by a pleasant blend of rural and suburban landscapes with an abundance of natural resources.   Hugo has seen rapid growth in recent years, and the city’s future remains bright.  

Hugo has 14,000 citizens and  growth has been especially strong in the last 7 years.  Much of Hugo’s land remains as agricultural or undeveloped with many farms and equine operations, yet the city includes a variety of businesses and attractions.  

Residents enjoy the use of many lakes, some of them very small and quiet with natural, unspoiled shorelines.  Hugo’s neighborhoods are strong, vibrant and well planned, often oriented around natural open spaces or parkland.  Neighborhoods are connected to each other by a developing system of paved pedestrian trails that also provide access to a multitude of parks and recreational amenities. 

 Hugo’s residential growth has led to an emerging retail and commercial market bringing many new businesses and services to the community.  Industrial businesses continue to locate and expand within the city’s industrial parks adding new jobs to the community.  Residents and business owners who locate here find that the City provides efficient and friendly service with relatively low tax rates.  

Hugo is a great place to live and work!


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Doug Goerss

I have been in the real estate field for over 30 years. Including a career in Mortgage banking for 15 years. Graduated from St. Johns University in Collegeville MN, with a BA in economics. Owned a....

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