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Jordan, Minnesota is in Scott County. The chief routes through the city are US Highway 169 and Minnesota Highways 21 and 282. Surrounding and nearby communities include Baden, Belle Plaine, East Union, Helena, Lawrence, and Mudbaden. Shakopee and Spring Lake are about ten miles north and east, respectively, and Eden Prairie is about twenty miles northeast of Jordan. The history of Jordan goes back to the early 1850s. Thomas A. Holme sent a crew to the area from Shakopee to build a sawmill. His brother, William Holmes, lived with his wife and son, Orin, in a log house at what would later become the city of Jordan. Others came to work in the sawmill or in the woods, supplying timber for the sawmill. By the late 1850s, the new settlement had a hotel, churches, a school, tavern, post office, two mills, and several homes. The town went without a name for years before taking its current name, for the Biblical river. For many years, the Jordan townspeople tried to get the county seat moved to Jordan, but were unsuccessful. Platted in 1854, Jordan was incorporated as a city in 1891. Jordan is home to the Jordan Brewers, an amateur baseball team in the River Valley League of the Minnesota Baseball Association. Other than a one percent decrease in 1960, Jordan has gained in population every census year since 1920, increasing by forty percent or more in 1980 and 2010.

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