Thief River Falls Visitors Guide

Upcoming Events

Summer Solstice Festival
June 20th, 2024 at 4pm to 8pm
Community Bike Ride
June 20th, 2024
Farmers Market
Saturdays (until 28 September 2024) at 9am to 12pm
June 22nd, 2024 at 9am

Welcome to Thief River Falls!

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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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