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Situated in Hennepin County, Minnesota, Mound is the birthplace of the Tonka truck, which were named for Lake Minnetonka. The Tonka Toy Company was headquartered in Mound originally, but moved after thirty-six years to facilitate material deliveries of its product. Mound is about twenty miles southwest of Minneapolis. Country Roads 15 and 110 are the main routes through the community. Mound is on the western shores of Lake Minnetonka, and nearly surrounded by Dutch Lake, Harrisons Bay, Seton Lake, Emerald Lake, Cooks Bay, and Langdon Lake. Other lakes within the county include Black Lake and Saunders Lake. Lake Minnetonka encompasses these and several others in the area. The city of Spring Park is adjacent to Mound to the east, and Minnetrista is west of the city. Mound was incorporated as a village in 1912, but it was settled as early as the 1850s. The city got its names from the Indian burial mounds that once existed in the area. They were not built by the Dakotas, but by a much earlier tribe that inhabited the region between 300 BC and 100 AD. Four earlier villages were annexed to Mound over the years: Three Points, Island Park, Halstead Heights, and Shadywood Point. Originlly, Mound was known as Mound City, at a time when its business district was at the shore on Cooks Bay, a neighborhood known as Busy Corners, which was frequented by street car boats that were common on Lake Minnetonka. In 1900, the railroad passed to the north, and the business district moved to where it is today. The Andrew Sisters singing group, consisting of Patty, Maxene and LaVerne, grew up in Mound from 1918 to 1931, and returned to visit for at least one week each July. The actor, Kevin Sorbo, was born and raised in Mound.


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