Welcome to Minnetrista
Minnetrista is located west of Minneapolis in Hennepin County. The name Minnetrista was derived from the Dakota words “Minne,” which means "water" and “Trista,” which means "crooked." Some Indian mounds remain in the city of Minnetrista today. In the 1850s, the first European settlers came to the area. Early settlers included John Carman and Mathias Cook who have bays of Lake Minnetonka named after them. Frank Halsted arrived in the area in 1855. He built a cabin on the shores as Halstead Bay as it’s known today. His home was referred to as “the Hermitage.” In the early 1900s, the Yellowstone Trail (one of America's first transcontinental auto routes) passed through a portion of Minnetrista. The four school districts serving Minnetrista include the Westonka School District, the Delano School District, the Waconia School District, and the Watertown-Mayer School District.