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Original farm structure 1850sAlthough not in Burnsville, this structure belongs to a relative of the Kennelly family who settled in Burnsville in 1864. The building still stands in Faxon Township, Sibley County in 2020.
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1857 Byrnesville/Burnsville Baptism RecordsSt. Peters Catholic Church Mendota, the first Catholic Church in Minnesota served much of Dakota County with a traveling priest. The Baptism records from the Church during the year 1857 included these newborns from Byrnesville/Burnsville.
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History of Dakota County 1881This history published in 1881 provides an overview of Burnsville, some residents and other Dakota County townships, cities and people.
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The History of Dakota County 1881The opening paragraph of the Burnsville Chapter in the History of Dakota County.
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1882 Burnsville Township Directory ( 3 pages)Listing of Burnsville residents, their post office (Hamilton) Acres owned, and Section within Burnsville.
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1885 Census pageThe 1885 Census confirms that although Burnsville is in Dakota County, the mailing address in 1885 was Hamilton Station/Scott County.
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1885 Election resultsHastings banner provides the results of the township election.

Supervisors - James Keleher chiar, James Sheridan, Peter Lynch

Town Clerk - E. F. Kennedy

Treasurer - Assessor - J. F. Fahey

Justice of the Peace - Leuis Judd

Constables - James McCoy, Charles McDonald
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A new feedmill at Crystal Lake 1885Dakota County Tribune April 9, 1885 reports: A new feed mill has been started at Crystal Lake, on the second last bend of the Lake Shore Road and will be run on all sunny week days during the summer, including legal holidays,provided the wind is not blowing from the Southeast....
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June, 1893 newsThe Lakeville Times Newspaper's Burnsville column for June 14, 1893 includes:

William Hoben visiting Burnsville from Kilkenny.
The town board decides to conduct in person the construction of a bridge near Mrs. William's place.
James Connelly has made much creditable job of work on the southern approach to the Cedar Avenue Bridge.

Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan started for a visit to Chicago and the wedding of James Garvey of St. Paul to Nellie Fahey of Hamilton/Burnsville.
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Death at the turn of the centuryThis Dakota County Fair display shows the wooden caskets used at the time of death.
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21 good reasons to buy land in the Minnesota ValleyOriginal document 1850s lists the reasons for living in Burnsville, Minnesota Valley...
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Civil War RegistrationCivil War Draft Registration for Burnsville, Dakota County.
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Historic Downtown St. PaulDowntown St. Paul around 1890. Various newspaper stories in the Dakota County Tribune make mention of how Burnsville residents traveled by horse to St. Paul for shopping, to sell farm products and meet with family and friends.
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Burnsville News - July 2, 1891Dakota County Tribune Burnsville and Savage news

The marriages of Michael Allen of Hamilton and Miss Anna Olson of Glendale and
John Jordan of Glendale and Miss Aggie Walsh of this place.

Jas. Graves of Lakeville has erected a fine barn for Mrs. Williams.

The young men of the town are making active preparations for a grand ball at Carr's Hall the night of the 4th.

J. J. Carrigan and Frank Dowdle were the delegates at large in attendance at the CTAU Convention...
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Monuments for the dead 1896April 16, 1896 - Shakopee Argus

There is a firm in Farmington that is now ready to furnish monuments to place on the graves of soldiers of the late war... There is quite a number of brave boys buried in the Burnsville cemetery whose graves are still unmarked...
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August 23, 1894 newsThe Dakota County Tribune contained brief news items about the people and events in Burnsville.
John Walsh purchases James Newman's 160 acre farm.
James Madden purchases Mike Connelly's farm in Glendale.
Mike Regan builds a barn
Charles Forbes, County surveyor, moved the cornerstone of Burnsville and Lakeville townships at sections 1 and 31. The stone was placed about 40 feet too far north by County surveyor Keegan several years ago.
Tim Hayes sells straw... and more
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Burnsville News August 28, 1890Dakota County Tribune Burnsville column includes:

Miss Maggie Fahey and sister Lizzie gave a birthday party...

Miss Margaret Fitzgerald of St. Paul is visiting with Miss Agatha Thornton

The farmers are nearly all through stacking. Oaks will average forty bushels...

A basket picnic at Lake Minnie-Elk (Crystal Lake)...
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Hamilton baseball 1894June 1894 - Shakopee Argus

Details following the baseball game of Hamilton vs Shakopee...
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Irish should consider MinnesotaOctober 1, 1864 the Irish People - Efforts to have Irish come to Minnesota.
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Burnsville area and county boundries were in controvery over 100 years agoJanuary 31, 1963 Minnesota Valley review story looks back to 1882 when the issue of boundaries between Dakota and Scott are addressed.
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Place a bridge at Hamilton - SavageJune 8, 1899 - Irish Standard news story:

L.B. Fish, John Berrisford and others of Burnsville, Dakota County, are circulating a petition asking the commissioners of Hennepin County to reconsider and re-open the case whereby they located a bridge across the Minnesota River at Bloomington ferry and enable them to be heard on the question of locating it at Hamilton...
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1865 Burnsville Census - Family Names1 Daniel Burns
2 Wm Burns & Julia
3 Jeremiah Dillon
4 Frank Dowdall
5 Michael Coffey
6 John Keran
7 Walter Kenealy
8 Terrance McGovern
9 James Connelly
10 Laurence Casey
11 James Irvine
12 Jeremiah Sweeny
13 Thomas Hogan
14 Andrew Keegan
15 Timothy McNamara
16 William Rice
17 Isabella OHara
18 Henry Tisale
19 P. M. Peterson
20 Savanna Thornton
21 Charles McDevitt
22 Tim ORegan
23 Mike McCarthy
24 Peter Fahey
25 Augustus H. Williams
26 William D. Wygant
27 Mike Gallagher
28 Mike Foley
29 Pat Duggan
30 James Kennedy
31 John McNerry
32 James Sheridan
33 James Maloney
34 Henry Starson
35 James McKearny
36 Daniel Sullivan
37 Timothy Slater
38 Charly ONeill
39 Brigid Gannon
40 Timothy Hays
41 William Walsh
42 William Kolroy
43 Martin Kilroy
44 Michael Nicholson
45 Mike Muggin
46 Pat. Harkins
47 Pat. Hynes
48 Mike Walsh
49 Bernard McDermot
50 Winnefred Newell
51 Thos. Butler
52 Mike McDonald
53 John McCoy
54 Jams Stanton
55 James Newman
56 Hugh OBrien
57 Francis Hyland
58 Pat. Lynch
Males 176
Females 168
Soldiers 13
Total 347
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Burnsville farm for sale 1890April 13, 1890 Irish Standard ad for 120 acres, one miles from St. Paul, three miles south of depot at Hamilton in Burnsville. Not sure whose farm this is.
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Hamilton StationJuly 5, 1879 Daily Globe:

The St. Paul and Sioux City company have reduced their trouble to one spot, which is near the Hamilton Station...

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Temperance Society of BurnsvilleMarch 1, 1880 -

The entertainment by the temperance society of Burnsville on the evening of the 14th was a decided success...
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Burnsville News January 1, 1891Dakota County Tribune, Burnsville News Column

News includes -

Christmas 1890

Miss Anna McGrady, a school teacher from St. Cloud is spending a few days of her vacation with Miss Lizzie McDevitt.

Mrs. Nicholson, who met with a severe fall down the cellar steps about a week ago, is able to get around again.

Quite a large audience attended the address of C.P. Carpenter...
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The original downtown BurnsvilleA later map clearly shows the original downtown Burnsville, the Berrisford General Store and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
The location is todays Judicial Road and Williams Drive. This would be prior to 1902 when the church burnt and the store was moved to Savage.
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Democratic County Convention 1868August 13, 1868 Telegraph:

A Convention of the Democracy of Dakota County will be held in the village of Farmington on September 5, 1868... The various towns will be entitled to the following representation...
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Crystal Lake news 1897July 22, 1897 Northfield newspaper includes a column on Crystal Lake..
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Burnsville News December 10, 1891Dakota County Tribune Burnsville News:

E. F. Kennedy has moved into his new house which is a model of neatness and beauty.

Mike Welsh and John Reagan are attending the business college in St. Paul.

Pat Nicholson says he don't know of anything as rough as the Burnsville roads...

Will Welsh, of St. Paul, spent Sunday with friends here..

Miss Nora Kennelley entertained quite a number of friends...

Michael Foley has just arrived home....
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