Thief River Falls Visitors Guide

Upcoming Events

July 30th, 2021 to July 31st, 2021
Crazy Days
July 31st, 2021 at 9am to 3pm
Movie in the Park Bike Ride
Aug. 5th, 2021 at 5:30pm
MSAA State 3D Archery Shoot
Aug. 7th, 2021 at 8am to Aug. 8th, 2021 at 1pm

Welcome to Thief River Falls!

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Are you planning to visit Thief River Falls? Contact Visit Thief River Falls for a FREE Visitors Guide or other visitor information at 218-686-9785 or

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The History of Thief River Falls

By Gretchen Beito

Thief River Falls first developed as a lumber milling town. It also became a major agricultural service area because of the rich soil left by ancient, glacial Lake Agassiz. The unusual name, “Thief River,” was given to the river by the Ojibwe and Dakota people. “Falls” was added to the name of the new city in 1896 because a series of rapids in the river had been converted to a waterfall by the construction of the dam. Until 1904, an Ojibwe village of 40 families was located where the Thief and Red Lake Rivers meet. The Great Northern and the Soo Line Railroads brought prosperity when Thief River Falls became a center for shipping wheat. Today, the city continues its entrepreneurial spirit, preserving and respecting the past, yet growing and moving toward the future, especially in the manufacturing and distribution industries, both nationally and internationally.

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