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Mendota Almost the CapitalIn the 1840's Mendota was considered as the Capital of Minnesota.
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Mendota Almost the CapitalUndated newspaper article addresses how Mendota might have been the State Capital.
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Mendota - a sketch - an ancient town 1890May 30, 1890 - Northwestern Chronicle - features a profile of Mendota and St. Peter's Catholic Church.
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The Mendota BridgeThe Mendota Bridge circa 1920.
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Mendota Bridge opensThe opening of the Mendota Bridge in 1926 makes travel from Burnsville into Minneapolis and St. Paul easier.
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Mendota SchoolsMendota School 1912.
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Mendota train depotMendota Train Depot.
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Mendota Walking in the footsteps of history mapCreated by the Mendota/West St. Paul chapter of the Dakota County Historical Society, a map guide of historic sites in Mendota.
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Mendota GrillThe Mendota Grill cira 1960s.
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Mendota MinnesotaA Minnesota Historical Society sign at the Sibley House provides a history of Mendota.
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Mendota House 1853Ad for the Mendota House, located in the Farribault House.
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The Mendota JailThe historic Mendota Jail built 1915.
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Mendota Post Office 2018The building housing the Mendota Post Office was designed to look like the Sibley House.
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The Emporium of JazzThe little town of Mendota — population 206 — seems an unlikely spot to boast a history of late-night jazz clubs. However, it has seen several, and the Emporium of Jazz became a long-running institution after it opened in 1966. In 1991, the Emporium of Jazz closed its doors and was turned into a sports bar.
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The Emporium of JazzThe little town of Mendota — population 206 — seems an unlikely spot to boast a history of late-night jazz clubs. However, it has seen several, and the Emporium of Jazz became a long-running institution after it opened in 1966. In 1991, the Emporium of Jazz closed its doors and was turned into a sports bar.
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Mendota TavernExterior Mendota Tavern.
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MendotaHighway 13, Mendota around 1899.
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MIdAmerica BankOriginally the Valley National Bank, then MidAmerica, matches as a promotinal item.
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Mike's Shoe Repair EaganOne of Eagan's longest running businesses is shown in this 1970s ad.
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Mike's Shoe Repair EaganIn business over 50 years Mike's Shoe Repair began in the Cedarvale Mall.
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Mike's Shoe Repair EaganIn business over 50 years, Mike's Shoe Repair began in the Cedarvale Mall.
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Mike's Shoe RepairLocated at Cedarvale Shopping Center. The 1970 - 1971 Burnsvlle Telephone Directory.
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Louis Des Lauriers Sr Milk deliveryLouis Des Lauriers Sr of Eagan township is shown with his first truck about a 1926 model, possibly a Graham, which replaced horses for his milk route, which he started around 1920. April 6, 1967 Dakota County Tribune clipping. Note the address on the truck is Mendota.
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The Milk DepotMilk Depot 1969, Eagan.
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The Milk Depot EaganAt one time this was a dance hall, a dairy store and finally a plumbing and heating company. It was located above CedarVale Mall on Beau D Rue Drive.
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Minnie Holman LeTendreBorn in Burnsville now in Eagan, Minnie LeTendre.
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Book on Eagan's history set for 125th anniversaryJuly 17, 1985- St. Paul Pioneer Press

The City of Eagan will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a published history.
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CedarvaleCedarvale, Mother's Day 1970 ad.
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Cedarvale MallThe opening of Cedarvale brought a major grocery store - Applebaum's to the area. For some living in River Hills, shopping at Cedarvale was convenient. For many Burnsville high students, it meant a first job.

Founder Sid was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota on February 28, 1924 to Oscar and Bertha Applebaum. He was the youngest son and second youngest child of nine. His parents immigrated to the United States from Russia on their honeymoon. Oscar Applebaum sold produce door-to-door in St. Paul, Minnesota from a horse-drawn wagon. Oscar opened a fruit stand on the corner of St. Peter and 7th streets in downtown St. Paul with a $65 loan from his eldest son. That fruit stand became the first Applebaum's Food Market. As a young boy, Sid Applebaum bundled soap, bagged rice, worked as a box boy and delivered fruit and produce for his father’s fruit stand.

By 1979, the family business included about 30 metro-area Applebaum's stores and one in Duluth. In 1979, the chain was sold to National Tea Co., and Applebaum continued on, working for them.
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Mr. Steak and Jerry Lewis Cinema1971 ad where Mr. Steak welcomes Jerry Lewis Cinema to Cedarvale.
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