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Maple Plain, Minnesota is in Hennepin County, in the lower eastern part of the state. Pioneer Creek flows through the northwestern part of the city. Lake Independence is just north of Maple Plain, and Lake Katrina is east of the city. US Highway 12 is the chief route through the city. Maple Plain abuts the city of Independence on every side except the east. Other nearby localities include Delano, Long Lake, Loretto, Medina, Orono, and Wayzata. Minnetonka is about thirteen miles southeast, and Maple Grove is about twenty miles northeast of Maple Plain. When the first white men came into the area, they remarked on the maple trees, some of which were more than a hundred feet tall. Hennepin County was one of the first parts of Minnesota to be settled. Wayzata was the first town to be settled in 1854, and a post office was established at Long Lake in 1856, and a post office opened in Independence that same year. In 1857, a settlement named Perkinsville was made on the south shore of Lake Independence, which soon had a saw mill, a country store, blacksmith shop, and a brick kiln. In 1859, John Perkins, one of the founders of Perkinsville, moved his store to a new settlement nearby, known as Maple Plain. When the St. Paul, Pacific and Manitoba Railroad came through Maple Plain in 1868, establishing a rail station, the post office was moved from another small settlement, known as Armstrong, to Maple Plain, and the town was incorporated as a village in 1912.



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