North Hudson History

Welcome to North Hudson, one of the hamlets, villages, and towns on the Lower St. Croix National Wild and Scenic Riverway, an area rich with river history as well as natural and cultural resources.

North Hudson was first known as the “North Star” in relation to its sister city, Hudson. Development to the North Side was spurred by the railroad’s arrival in 1871. After railroad car shops were built in 1890-91 by the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Omaha Railroad, the village grew rapidly as Italians emigrated to work in the shops. In 1912, the village was incorporated and yet today operates under its own village government.

A geographic marker on Route 35 notes North Hudson’s place on the 45th parallel, halfway between the equator and the North Pole. A drive down wooded Galahad Road will give you glimpses of the river. About midway down Galahad, on the east side, you’ll find the historic railroad car shop district, now home to businesses and warehouses. You’ll find Brown’s Beach on the west, a quiet river cove with white sands and beautiful sunsets. Further down, discover Ferry Landing Park, with trails, picnic tables, and restrooms. At the end of Galahad and down the hill, you can skip a few rocks on the shoreline, or gaze over the St. Croix and imagine crossing the river on a ferry steamer. Heading toward Hudson, you’ll find Lake Mallalieu, a favorite spot for fishing and small watercraft.

Italian culture lives on in North Hudson, and not just during Pepper Fest. Visit Mama Maria’s for cuisine prepared the Italian way and order your favorite pizza at Kozy Korner Sports Bar & Grill. Viva Italiano!

While in the Hudson area, take in a little river town history and culture. Visit the Historic Octagon House or attend a theater performance or gallery opening at the Phipps Center for the Arts. Or, just relax in Hudson’s beautiful city park, Lakefront Park. Stroll under Hudson’s lighted arch, built in 1936, and down the dike road, once U.S. Highway 12 to Minnesota, to view the old railroad swing bridge still in operation. Take a cruise on the Croix or go back to nature at one of the two state parks within minutes of Hudson. And, don’t miss the breathtaking river views and the Native American burial mounds on the bluffs of Birkmose Park.

For more information on year round events, recreation, attractions, dining, shopping, and lodging in the Hudson/North Hudson area, contact the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau at 715-386-8411 or 800-657-6775 or at their website,