Monday, September 21, 2009

9/17/09 town of the day Minneapolis, Minnesota.

With a Population of 372,833 in the city proper, Minneapolis is a major town. You have to go see the cool state fair they have every fall specializing in 'everything on a stick!'... sweet. Now for the boring history part....Ice blocks deposited in valleys by retreating glaciers created the lakes of Minneapolis. Dakota Sioux were the region's sole residents until French explorers arrived around 1680. Nearby Fort Snelling, built in 1819 by the United States Army, spurred growth in the area. The United States Government pressed the Mdewakanton band of the Dakota to sell their land, allowing people arriving from the east to settle there. The Minnesota Territorial Legislature authorized present day Minneapolis as a town on the Mississippi's west bank in 1856. Minneapolis incorporated as a city in 1867, the year rail service began between Minneapolis and Chicago. It later joined with the east bank city of St. Anthony in 1872.

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