Thursday, April 10, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 10

April 10, 1858“The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners established the towns of Richland [the name was changed later to Richfield], Minneapolis, Bloomington and Eden Prairie” on this date.,_Minnesota

Richfield1: Originally called Richland; name was changed by a vote of its residents in May 1858.

Minneapolis2:  The name is a combination of Minnehaha (laughing water)
and the Greek ‘polis,’ or city.

Bloomington3:  The name was given by settlers from Illinois,
who came in 1852. 

Eden Prairie4: “The town was named, in 1853, by a Mrs. Elliot,
who gave it the name Eden,
in expressing her admiration of this beautiful prairie.”  

Upham, Warren; Minnesota Geographic Names, Their Origin and Historic Significance; Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, Minn., 1969); p. 2261, 2232, 2203, 2214.

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain April 10, 2014, 
as long as acknowledgement included.  


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