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Eagan, Minnesota is in Dakota County, Minnesota. Situated along the southern banks of the Minnesota River, just upstream from its confluence with the Mississippi River, Egan is south of Saint Paul. The southern Twin City suburb is served by Interstate Highways 35-E and 494, and Minnesota Highways 13, 55, 77, and 149. Surrounding communities include Apple Valley, Bloomington, Burnsville, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, Richfield, Rosemount, and West St. Paul. Eagan was named for Patrick Eagan, an Irish immigrant who cleared at 220-acre plot of land near the location of the current town hall. The first inhabitants of the area were the Dakota tribe, whose village was known as Black Dog Village. After the War of 1812, several frontier forts were built, including Fort Snelling, which included a parcel of land adjacent to the Minnesota River, extending through the area that would later become Eagan. In 1860, Eagan Township was established, holding the same boundaries as the current city of Eagan, and Patrick Eagan was a member of its original board of supervisors. Its early economy was agricultural, particularly onion growing, although many local farmers grew wheat and other garden produce. In 1972, Eagan Township was incorporated as a village, becoming a city the following year. Since 1960, Eagan’s population has grown each census year. Tim Pawlenty, the 39th governor of Minnesota, was a resident of Eagan.


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