Aside from being the home of the headwaters of the Mississippi, Itasca is Minnesota's first state park. Designating Itasca as a state park established a tradition in Minnesota of caring for the land we live on, the land that has provided so much to us. In the 1890s, when the park was established, logging companies were making their way through the state, taking old-growth forest away with them; ironically, down the river at the root of the park. The courage of the park's founders ensured that some land would be preserved so people more than 100 years later can travel to that retreat, and see what the state looked like before the time of suburbs and cities.
~Beverly Westerberg, Eden Prairie, MN