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Platted in 1857, the Rice County community was founded by John, Edward, and George Archibald, who named it for their hometown of Dundas, Ontario, Canada. The Archibald brothers built mills on both sides of the Cannon River. The city’s original downtown district was on Second Street. By 1866, Dundas had a library, hotel, shoe store, restaurant, meeting hall and saloon. After the Minnesota Central Railway established a station on the west side of the river, businesses began to shift nearer to the railroad, and Railway Street was developed, and the Railway Addition was platted in 1865. The Ault Store is the only remaining building from the city’s original downtown area. It, as well as the Edward T. Archibald House and the Archibald Mill are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the city is largely a bedroom community for nearby Northfield and the Twin Cities region. After maintaining a relatively steady population ranging from just under 400 to just over 500 for most of its history, the population of Dundas more than doubled in the 2000s. Dundas is served by Minnesota Highway 3-S, and includes the Bridgewater Heights neighborhood. Northfield abuts Dundas on the northeast. Faribault is about eleven miles south-southwest, and the Minneapolis and St. Paul area is about forty-five miles north of Dundas.

 

 

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