Hennepin County, Minnesota
Hennepin County Courthouse, built in 1888
(now Minneapolis City Hall)
Photo by mkkrogman (June 2015)
Founded: March 6, 1852
Named For: Father Louis Hennepin
Area: 607 Square Miles
County Seat: Minneapolis
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Fort Snelling, built in 1819 by the United States Army at the convergence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, spurred growth in the area.
Present day Minneapolis was incorporated as a city on the Mississippi's west bank in 1867, the same year rail service began between Minneapolis and Chicago, and joined with the east bank city of St. Anthony in 1872.
Minneapolis grew up around Saint Anthony Falls, the only waterfall on the Mississippi and the end of the commercially navigable section of the river until locks were installed in the 1960s. The city's history is tied to the riverfront and the falls, where, for the half century between 1880 and 1930, Minneapolis became the most important flour producing city in the world.
The county was named in honor of the 17th-century explorer Father Louis Hennepin. The county seat is Minneapolis. It is by far the most populous county in Minnesota; more than one in five Minnesotans live in Hennepin County.
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BIOS: John H. Gray, Henry Webster - contributed by the Alberti's
The following contributed by Robin Line:
OFFICIALS: W. W. Bradley, Henry Hanke
COURT: James Irsfield
NEWS-ILLNESS/INJURY: J. A. McBain, Asa Paine
NEWS-CRIME: John R. Martin, Fred A. Briggs
OBITS: Willie Riley, Oscar Nodine
PEOPLE: Victor J. Welch, A. H. Vernon, Wilma Weeland
NEWS-COMMUNITY: 1905 Consumption in Minneapolis, 1921-Women and Jury Service
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Located in the southern third of the state, Hennepin County borders
Ramsey, Anoka, Wright, Carver, Scott and Dakota counties.
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