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What do railroad barons, onions, and a nationally famous zoological garden have in common? Read on and find out.
Rich in historical lore, Lakeville had its origins back in 1853. That's when
Captain William B. Dodd, who came from the east to serve the military forts in the Minnesota Territory, designed
and directed the construction of a road that would serve as a practical land route connecting the military forts
in St. Paul to the southern forts. The road, which was named for Captain Dodd, bisects present-day Lakeville.
J.J. Brackett, who owned a St. Paul lumber mill and transported mail, supplies and travelers along
this route, soon chose Lakeville as an ideal site for a town because it was roughly halfway between St. Paul and St.
Peter. In 1855 he platted 250 acres and named it Lakeville because it bordered the nearby Prairie Lake. By 1858 Lakeville
contained a general store, two hotels, a boarding house, a blacksmith shop, a saloon, and a shoemaker shop.
In 1910, Colonel Marion Savage and several partners built an amusement park, along with a railroad line
that connected the park with the Twin Cities. They located their park on the east shore of the then-Prairie Lake. Antlers
Amusement Park became one of the most famous amusement parks in the upper Midwest. It contained a lavish dance pavilion with
a gleaming oak dance floor; a large bathing beach that featured a dock, diving tower, and high sliding chute; a boat dock;
a children's playground with a miniature operating train; tennis courts, an athletic field, and baseball diamond with a
grandstand for spectators; and an aerial swing. A nine-hole golf course was located nearby. The rail line was named the Dan
Patch Railroad Line after the famous racehorse. Luxury excursion cars with real leather seats, stained glass upper windows,
and richly carved and inlaid wood brought thousands of visitors to the park each summer. The original village and fire hall,
built in 1910, still stands downtown.
In 1967 most of Lakeville Township merged with the Village of Lakeville to become the 38-square-mile City of
Lakeville. Lakeville is expected to become the largest city in Dakota County by the year 2020. With over 10,000 students and 35
percent of the population under the age of eighteen, Lakeville’s future is one of both growth and promise.
The first residents of the Eagan area were the Dakota or Sioux Indians. Around 1740, a small settlement known
as Black Dog Village was formed along the Minnesota River, near the present Burnsville/Eagan border.The first residents of the
Eagan area were the Dakota or Sioux Indians. Around 1740, a small settlement known as Black Dog Village was formed along the
Minnesota River, near the present Burnsville/Eagan border.
European interest in this region began with the French explorers and fur traders during the 1600's. In 1851
Eagan and the rest of Southern Minnesota west of the Mississippi River were opened to westward expansion for settlers.
At the time of its formation in 1860, Eagan's population was 567. Most of the residents were farmers. Around
1885, the growing of onions began in parts of Eagan. The onions were shipped to various parts of the country and the volume was
such that, at one time, the area was called "The Onion Capital of the United States."
During the early years, the population of Eagan grew at a relatively slow rate, rising from 642 in 1880 to 1,185
in 1950. During the 1950's, with the initiation of the interstate highway system and the growth of the entire metropolitan area,
Eagan slowly began to change from farmland into a developing suburban community. Eagan became a city on January 1, 1974.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s population at 63,751 in 2007, which established Eagan as the eighth
largest Minnesota city. The school district includes surrounding towns of Apple Valley and Rosemount. The City of Eagan is a growing
community with lovely residential areas, extensive outdoor recreation opportunities, and quality commercial and industrial development.
Until 1968, Apple Valley was known officially as the township of Lebanon. The population in and near the township exploded
as the result of a housing boom that began in the early 1960s. When residents voted in 1968 to incorporate the town, they also chose to change
its name to Apple Valley, a tribute to the popular Orrin Thompson Homes housing developments where every lot was planted with an apple tree.
Apple Valley has grown steadily since 1960 to include more than 48,000 residents. The city is still a relatively small residential and business
community of just 17 1/2 square miles and is only 75 percent developed. In 2000 it welcomed more than $54 million worth of new residential
building permits and millions of dollars of commercial/industrial construction.
Residents of Apple Valley tend to be young, well educated, and financially secure: Eighty-seven percent of residents own their homes, and
eighty-two percent are employed.
Apple Valley is home to the Minnesota Zoo, a nationally famous zoological garden which houses hundreds of animals and draws more than one million
visitors each year. The area also includes Lebanon Hills Regional Park. At 2,000 acres, the park is the largest in the Dakota County park system
and offers miles of trails and numerous lakes for year-round outdoor sports, recreation, and environmental education.
The school district, Independent School District 196, serves the students with six elementary, three middle, and three high schools. District
196 was recently designated a Gold Medal School District by Expansion Management magazine.
In 2008, Money magazine named Apple Valley the 24th best place to live in the U.S.