All About Wayzata
Wayzata is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, a western suburb of Minneapolis. Wayzata came into existence in the center of Chief Shakopee’s Indian village.
The first people to settle on the land around Lake Minnetonka were the Mdewakanton Dakota, a major division of the Sioux nation. They treasured the “Big Water” as an endowed hunting and fishing ground and protected this land from the rival Chippewa tribe, who were known as Ojibway. While these natives had been living off the land for many years prior, in 1803 the land was claimed by France, who sold it to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The nearest Euro-American settlement then was Fort Snelling, and it wasn’t until the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux was signed in 1851 that the lands west of the Mississippi River were opened for land claims to be filed. Although today the Sioux are no longer living on the land, their legacy lives on in the name of the city. The name Wayzata is derived from the American Indian word Waziyata, which had almost a mystical connotation to the Sioux tribes who originally inhabited the area. Waziya was their god of the North, a giant who blew the cold winds from his mouth. With the suffix ta added, the name meant “North Shore.”
In 1852, two pioneer families settled on the present site of Wayzata, one of them being the family of Oscar E. Garrison. He built a cabin at what is now Lake Street and Broadway Avenue in downtown Wayzata. In 1854 he drew a survey of the area and filed his claim for most of what is now Wayzata proper. In 1855, Wayzata had an influx of settlers who built a sawmill, a hotel and a blacksmith shop. Most of these early settlers made their living off the land by clear cutting the trees to grow corn and wheat. But, in 1857, this growing economy was nearly terminated by a grasshopper plague. At the time, ginseng roots were in great demand as an aphrodisiac in the Orient and the eastern forests had been exhausted of their supply. When ginseng was discovered in the remaining hard wood forest which had been left standing, these trees being too great a distance from the lake to float down stream to the sawmill, Wayzata became a collection center for the roots discovered around the lake. (source: https://www.mapquest.com/us/mn/wayzata-282028045)
Things To Do In Wayzata:
Come Spend A Day In Wayzata!
Dakota Rail Regional Trail
Offering 13 paved miles, the Dakota Rail Regional Trail follows the route of the former Dakota Rail Corridor. Visitors can hike, bike, and walk their dogs along the trail which offers panoramic views of Lake Minnetonka.
Noerenberg Memorial Gardens
Noerenberg Memorial Gardens is full trees, shrubs and vines, as well as annuals and perennials that bloom throughout the year. The gardens are a popular place for weddings, and there are tours available onsite.
Home to the Wayzata Historical Society Museum, the Wayzata Depot is located on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. The museum is a hands-on, educational place, where visitors will see a variety of exhibits about local history.
Saga Hill Cooking School
Designed for private parties, team-building events, or other gatherings, Saga Hill Cooking School offers lessons in professional-caliber, imaginative cooking for aspiring chefs of all levels of ability and experience. Lessons are customizable.
Navarre Bowling Lanes
The Navarre Bowling Lanes in Wayzata, Minnesota features 10 wood lanes for family bowling and league activity. The facility, which is open from early morning to late night, is the place to go in Wayzata for bowling, beer and fun.
Wai Nani Surf & Paddle-Day Classes
A full service stand-up paddle board seller and service provider, Wai Nani Surf & Paddle-Day Classes offers lessons for beginner and intermediate stand-up paddle boarders. The shop also hosts races.
Bennett Family Park
Home to several regional baseball and softball leagues, Bennett Family Park offers eight baseball fields for visitors to play at. Visitors can reserve a field on the official schedule or watch a local team play.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park where anyone can jump and bounce. They offer all kinds of fun packages such as the jumpapalooza for all ages, the sky jam for ages 16 and above, and the toddler time for ages 5 and below. (source: http://www.tripbuzz.com/free-things-to-do/wayzata-mn)
Education in Wayzata
About Wayzata Educational System
Wayzata Public Schools are part of Independent School District 284 and serve all or portions of eight west suburban municipalities (Plymouth, Corcoran, Hamel, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, and Orono). The only schools located within the city of Wayzata are Gleason Lake Elementary and West Middle School, as are the district offices. The district covers 38 square miles (98 km2), extending north and east from Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka, and lies approximately eight miles west of Minneapolis. There are approximately 9,510 students enrolled in eight public elementary schools (K–5), three middle schools (6–8), and one high school (9–12). Some students attend public schools in other school districts chosen by their families under Minnesota’s open enrollment statute. Wayzata is also home to the Highcroft campus of The Blake School (K–5). (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayzata,_Minnesota#Education)
Wayzata Public Schools
Our district serves all or part of Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata. The district includes eight elementary schools (K-5), three middle schools (6-8) and one high school (9-12). Our district’s current enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year is approximately 11,165 students. If you are looking for a school district that inspires students to excel, Wayzata Public Schools is where you want your children to attend. Wayzata Public Schools is nationally recognized for its quality educational programs that produce an exceptionally high percentage of college-bound graduates each year. Students in Wayzata excel because they have access to quality instructional tools and staff members who are talented, enthusiastic and highly motivated. Students excel because of the importance placed on education by their parents and by the community as a whole. And students excel because their learning is placed at the center of everything the district does. We invite you to explore Wayzata Public Schools and learn more about how we can meet the academic and learning needs of your family. – See more at: http://www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/domain/468#sthash.Y8cWvG51.dpuf
History of Wayzata:
Wayzata is rich in history!
The Mdewakanton Dakota, a sub-tribe of the Dakota nation, inhabited the area around Lake Minnetonka beginning around 1700 CE. They treasured the “Big Water” as an endowed hunting and fishing ground and protected the land from the rival Chippewa tribe (also referred to as the Ojibwe). While these natives had been living in the region for hundreds of years prior, the land was claimed by Spain and later France, who sold it to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. For many years, the nearest Euro-American settlement was Fort Saint Anthony (later renamed Fort Snelling). It wasn’t until the 1851 signing of the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux that the lands west of the Mississippi River were opened for land claims to be filed. Tension between the settlers and the natives in the area rose in the 1850s and climaxed during the Dakota War of 1862. After the war, most Dakotas (including the Mdewakanton) were forced to flee the area. Although the Dakota no longer live in the area, their legacy lives on in the name of the city. Waziya was their god of the North, a giant who blew the cold winds from his mouth. With the suffix ta added, the name means “North Shore.” The name Wayzata is a Euro-American translation of this phrase.
In 1852, two pioneer families settled on the present site of Wayzata, one of them being the family of Oscar E. Garrison. Garrison built a cabin at what is now the intersection of Lake Street and Broadway Avenue in downtown Wayzata. In 1854 he drew a survey of the area and filed a claim for most of present-day Wayzata proper. Wayzata was officially established later that year.
In 1855, Wayzata had an influx of settlers, who built a sawmill, a hotel and a blacksmith shop. Most of these early settlers made their living in agriculture by clear-cutting the trees to grow corn and wheat. Since the eastern forests had been exhausted of their supply, ginseng root was also in great demand as an aphrodisiac in the Orient. When ginseng was discovered in the hardwood forests near Wayzata, the town became a distribution center for roots collected around the lake. In 1857, however, Wayzata’s growing economy was nearly terminated by a locust plague. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayzata,_Minnesota#History)
Check out Wayzata’s Neighborhood
Wayzata is a very small city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 4,610 people and just one neighborhood, Wayzata is the 180th largest community in Minnesota.
Wayzata home prices are not only among the most expensive in Minnesota, but Wayzata real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Wayzata is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.74% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wayzata is a city of sales and office workers, managers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Wayzata who work in management occupations (18.19%), office and administrative support (13.30%) and sales jobs (11.83%).
Also of interest is that Wayzata has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
If knowledge is power, Wayzata is a pretty powerful place. 51.63% of the adults in Wayzata have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Wayzata in 2010 was $60,681, which is wealthy relative to Minnesota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $242,724 for a family of four. However, Wayzata contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Wayzata home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wayzata residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Wayzata include German, Irish, Norwegian, English, Swedish and French. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/mn/wayzata/)
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