Mankato Township was not settled by European Americans until Parsons King Johnson in February 1852, as part of the nineteenth century migration of people from the east across the Midwest. New residents organized the city of Mankato on May 11, 1858.
A popular story says that the city was intended to have been named Mahkato, but a typographical error by a clerk established the name as Mankato.
It was also "the big town" that people from "Little House on the Prairie" series used to go to for shopping.
This weedless bait has the hooks inside the lure which are exposed when a fish bites. It is very close to the same design as the “Lilly Pad” out of nearby St Paul, but has more hooks and a larger body. It was patented in 1934 and is one of the rarest of the Minnesota baits.
The name can be a little misleading as it is located south of St. Paul, not west. The name refers to being on the west bank of the Mississippi River and to also being split for the town of South St. Paul in 1889.