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The Annandale Area became a popular resort destination for Twin Cities residents during the late 1800s and for much of the 20th century, due to its proximity to the metro area. With a high concentration of good quality recreational lakes, just an hour or so from downtown Minneapolis, it was a relatively easy trip by train for those who could afford the simple pleasures of vacationing at the lake.
As travel improved beyond the railroad and primitive trails, more people were drawn to the area lakes to purchase their own plot of land, and cabins began to dot the expansive shorelines of the better quality water bodies in the early 1900s. And as the highway system grew, many cabins became year-round lake homes for those who didn’t mind the commute, and for others who were able to live full-time in this water-filled landscape just a stone’s throw from the busy city.
Today, Annandale and the other small towns that make up this western portion of Wright County act more as bedroom communities for the Twin Cities and St. Cloud. As communications have improved, many people don’t need to commute downtown each day for work, and can instead enjoy living on a quality lake with an easy drive to the office or airport when needed.