Pequot Lakes, Minnesota

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Pequot Lakes is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 947 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the Pequot Lakes Heritage Preservation Commission, a city once called Sibley and Frogtown became Pequot. In 1900, Walter and Flora Brown filed their plat for the E 1/2 of the SW 1/4 section 10 in T136N-R29W under the title Pequot. It's easy to figure out where the name Lakes came from, but what about Pequot? The Pequot Indians are a small tribe that has existed in eastern Connecticut since the first European settlers arrived here (see Pequot War). While no Pequot tribes ever lived in this area, the Algonquin language was carried here by the Chippewa (Ojibwe) tribes. The name Pequod was used by Herman Melville for the fictitious ship in his novel Moby-Dick.

Two possible explanations for the town's name arise:

1. Lakes area historian Carl Zapffe suggests that a variation of the Chippewa word for arrow (bikwas) as listed by Father Barroga in his Chippewa dictionary gave rise to the word Pequot.

2. Another explanation comes from a 1936 interview of Laurence Anderson, who moved to the town in the mid 1890s. "A daughter of Waubanaquot, Chief of the White Earth Tribe, was named O-Pequot and lived north of the town on the north end of Sibley Lake. She graciously allowed her dugout home to be used as a school and a church for the early settlers of the town. When she died, she was buried in the town cemetery."

Was the name Pequot chosen to honor her? No one knows for sure why Walter and Flora chose the name Pequot. However, we do know that change was mandated by the U.S. Post Office because of a town already named Sibley in southwestern Minnesota. In any event, the town's name was officially changed to Pequot in 1902.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (13.69%) is water.

Minnesota Highway 371 serves as a main route in the city.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 947 people, 479 households, and 231 families residing in the city. The population density was 653.8 people per square mile (252.2/km²). There were 564 housing units at an average density of 389.4/sq mi (150.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.10% White, 1.06% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population.

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