About Anoka, MN


Though it is now a thriving suburb of a major urban area, Anoka was once a more remote area. The town's name actually comes from native language used to describe its riverside location, and this geographical feature helped characterize Anoka even after white settlers colonized the land in the 1840s, with the Rum River serving as a transportation device to float timber toward the town's early sawmills. Today's Anoka has a more modern economy, but the river is still a major landmark in the city.