County of the Week – Dakota

Dakota County

Founded: It was founded it the year 1849
• Prior to the European settlement, Dakota county was a part of an expansive territory of the Dakota tribe
• Lands west of the Mississippi river became annexed from France to the Unite States in 1805 because of the Louisiana Purchase
• Dakota county became one of the nine original counties created by the Minnesota territory legislature in 1849
• Dakota county holds3 of the 4 major rivers draining from the State of Minnesota
• The development of the county has had tremendous influence from the proximity to the rivers

Population: There are approximately 400,000 people residing in Dakota county. It grew by about 30% between the year 1990 and 2000

Apple Valley
Inver Grove Heights
Mendota Heights
South St. Paul
Sunfish Lake
West St. Paul

Area: 593 sq. miles

Recreational opportunities:

County Fair
 Lebanon Hills regional park
 Spring Lake Park
 Big Rivers Regional Trail
Dakota woods dog park
 Crystal Lake beach

Thank to for providing the information

Information gathered by Laura Baratto, Sesquicentennial Fellow

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One Comment on “County of the Week – Dakota”

  1. Bernie Jansen Says:

    Interesting but needs editing – examples …”Unite States in 1805″…;SPACING error …”holds3 of the 4 major rivers”…;also “Dakota woods dog park”…

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