The first settlers of the Waconia area came from New Orleans. The actual settlement of the area where Waconia is now located began when the Indian title to the land was extinguished and a government survey made.
In 1857, a group of Germans, Swedes, Swiss and Bohemians settled in the area. While white settlers continued to move into Waconia, in 1862, a Dakota Indian tribe settled on a reservation along the Minnesota River. The settlers had to pay the Indians for the land they now lived on.
When the Civil War began many of the men that normally farmed the land were sent off to fight. This sparked the so-called "Sioux Uprising." During the uprising, most settlers were forced to flee their homes and properties. Many women and children buried their belongings in the their backyards and fled to the Island (what we now know as Coney Island). The ones who had stayed behind made barricades around an old log house and fired at their attackers through holes they made in the barricades. At the end of the fight, the Indians left the area.
Paradise Island, later changed to Coney Island was considered the paradise of the northwest. Development increased and many of the residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul were frequent visitors to the resorts on Paradise Island.
Rich in history, Waconia's roots are planted deep in the lake and land many call home! Much more information can be found in a book recently published titled Waconia: Paradise of the Northwest.