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Bordered on the north by Brooklyn Park, on the northeast by Brooklyn Center, on the east by Robbinsdale, on the south by Golden Valley, and on the west by New Hope, the City of Crystal is in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Minnesota Highway 100 and County Road 81 are the chief routes through the city. When the Territory of Minnesota was created in 1849, the land that was to become Crystal was known as Township No. 118, Range 21 West of the 5th Principal Meridian. In 1858, land that is now included within the city of Crystal was granted for the purpose of forming the town of Farmersville, but this town was never organized. Meanwhile, Minnesota became a state in 1858, and Crystal Lake Township was formed in 1860. Crystal Village broke off of Crystal Lake Township in 1887. At that time, the village consisted of eighteen sections of land, containing Twin Lakes, Crystal Lake, Crystal Prairie, and a part of the wooded area east of the lakes. However, that same year, Robbinsdale broke off, incorporating as a village, and taking about three sections of land, including Crystal Lake, the lower part of Twin Lake, and most of the business area and populated district of Crystal Village. Minneapolis annexed portions of the rural area of Crystal. After further annexations to other towns and cities, Crystal became disorganized in the late 1800s, but was reorganized in 1911 in order to avoid annexation by Minneapolis. In 1936, the Township of New Hope was reformed, taking the western portion of Crystal Village. Nevertheless, as the area became more urban in nature, its population grew to more than four times its size in the 1950s, and Crystal was incorporated as a city in 1960. After a peak population of 30,925 in 1970, Crystal’s population has decreased slightly each census year.

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