Mahtomedi, Minnesota

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Mahtomedi (pronounced /mɑːtoʊˈmiːdaɪ/) is a city in Washington County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 7,563 at the 2000 census. Mahtomedi is considered to be a suburb of St. Paul, and is located between St. Paul and Stillwater.

The city takes its name from the Dakota name for White Bear Lake, which translates into English as White Bear Lake.



Mahtomedi is about 15 miles northeast of St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13.0 km²), of which 3.6 square miles (9.3 km²) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²) (28.23%) is water, part of which is White Bear Lake. Interstate 694 and Mahtomedi Avenue are two of the main routes in the community.

The city of Willernie is completely enclosed within Mahtomedi.


Mahtomedi was originally a community of cottages and summer homes on White Bear Lake. The city grew when the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad connected the city to St. Paul in the 1870s. Additionally, the Minneapolis and St. Paul Suburban Railroad Company reached Mahtomedi in 1892, with streetcar service beginning in 1899.[3]

This service by Twin City Rapid Transit solidified Mahtomedi's reputation as a recreation destination, and the Wildwood Amusement Park was established on the shores of White Bear Lake. The trolley line ran through the city and brought people to go not only to the park, but also to the Piccadilly Restaurant. The park went out of business during the Great Depression. The Piccadilly, renowned as a haunt for gangsters during Prohibition, remained open until 2007.


Mahtomedi is home to its own district of schools, which services Dellwood, Grant, Hugo, Mahtomedi, Pine Springs, Willernie, and parts of Lake Elmo, Oakdale, Stillwater, and White Bear Lake:

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