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The city of Waite Park, Minnesota is situated on the western edge of Saint Cloud, largely bordered by the Sauk River, US Highway 52, and Minnesota State Highway 15.

Other routes serving the city include Minnesota State Highway 23 and Stearns County Highway 75. Interstate Highway 94 is south and west of the Waite Park.

Waite Park shares borders with the cities of Saint Cloud, Saint Joseph, and the Pleasant Lake neighborhood of Rockville.

The development of Waite Park began in the 1840s. Travelers crossed the Sauk River at a place that became known as Waite's Crossing. Some settled in the area, particularly after the oxcart trails were upgraded to wagon trails, and later to stagecoach routes.

In 1890, James J. Hill, the CEO of the Great Northern Railway, acquired three hundred acres of land on which he built the Great Northern Railway Car Shops between 1890 and 1891. Many of Great Northern's railroad cars were built there.

Waite Park was incorporated as a village in 1893, and named for the river crossing, which was itself named for Henry Chester Waite, a Saint Cloud resident who owned land in the region. He was a member of the Minnesota State Constitutional Convention in 1857, a representative in the State Legislature, and then a State Senator.

Also known as Rockville Avenue, 3rd Street was the first street platted in the town. A large portion of its early residents were employed by the Great Northern Railway, in a large local granite quarry, or in various other commercial enterprises.

Situated near the center of the city, Quarry Park & Nature Reserve is a 643-acre county park, previously known as Hundred Acres Quarry, although quarry activities ceased in the mid-1950s. Other parks in the city include Bartz Park, Community Park, Jagiello Park, Lions Park, River's Edge Park, Rock Island Park, Willow Creek Park, and Waite Park's Pickle Ball Courts.

The focus of this category is on the city of Waite Park, Minnesota. Websites representing the municipal government or any local schools, places of worship, clubs or other organizations, businesses, industries, or individuals are appropriate for this category.



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