The City of Pine City [†] is located in the far southern portion of Pine County. Settlement of the Pine City area occurred initially as the result of the construction of the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad which was completed in 1869. Platted that same year, the Village of Pine City wasn't incorporated until 1881. Settlement of the nearby townships, Pokegama, Pine City and Chengwatana, was closely linked to the growth and development of the City.
Growth in both the City and the townships was fueled by the development of summer lake homes on the shores of the area's lakes, particularly on Cross Lake and Pokegama Lake. This lake home residential growth was the primary land use other than agriculture in the surrounding townships through the end of the twentieth century, though an increase in non-riparian residential subdivisions has diversified the area in recent decades. In the City, however, the pace of development was faster and a street grid, contiguous residential neighborhoods, a resulting commercial district, and community facilites such as parks and schools helped the lake home village mature into the developing City it is today.
† Pine City Comprehensive Plan, 2019, pinecity.govoffice.com, accessed August, 2022.