Eagan is the largest city in Dakota County, Minnesota. Its landscape is made up of rolling hills with more than 1,200 small lakes, wetlands and ponds. It is the 8th largest city in the state with just over 67,000 people. Eagan is south and equal distance to both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Just across the Minnesota River is the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Eagan was established in 1860, with a population of 567. Eagan Township took its name from Patrick Eagan, the first Town Board Supervisor. Long before the Township though, this area was home to the Black Dog Native American village. The encampment, named for its Chief, sat on the shores of the Minnesota River. Eagan was a fertile agricultural area, and farming was the main occupation for most of its early inhabitants. Between about 1840 and 1930, so many onions were grown and shipped from here that Eagan was known as the Onion Capital of the U.S.
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