Deerwood became a station on the new railroad in 1871 and opened up new land for development.
Dave Archibald became the first permanent settler at Bay Lake in 1881. He located just east of what is now Ruttger's.
Other early settlers were Nick Newgard 1882, Verner Taylor 1882, Robert and Archie Downey 1882, Abe Christensen 1883 , H.F.J. Knieff 1883, Robert Maghan 1883, G.A Hunt 1883, and Otto Wasserzieher 1883.
A cooperative colony was organized in 1886 to develop the area. Joe Ruttger was one of its original members and later bought part of the original property which was to become Ruttgers' Resort.
More information can be found in Al Knieff's book Cuyuna Country: A Peoples' History. Copies of this book are available through the Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby, MN.