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Mendota Heights, population 11,071, is a high-quality, family-oriented residential community, with the feel of the country and the amenities of a city. While it is centrally located in the metropolitan area, the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers form a natural green belt around it, allowing the community to maintain a quiet, private way of life, unique in the Twin Cities.
The Mendota area was acquired in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. In 1805, Lt. Zebulon Pike was sent to the upper Mississippi river with orders to find the source of the river, purchase sites from Native Americans for future military posts, and bring a few important chiefs back to St. Louis for talks. Pike purchased over 155,000 acres, including over half of modern Mendota Heights. Construction on Fort Snelling began in 1819.
By the 1820s, a government ferry operated across the Minnesota River, connecting the fort and the city of Mendota, which had sprung up quickly around the American Fur Company post that had been opened in 1825. The settlement, important economically and militarily, grew steadily and in 1834, Henry Sibley arrived to manage the trading post. He built a stone warehouse and home, and became the civilian host for visiting explorers, statesmen, writers, artists, and international guests. In 1851, the northeast side of Pilot Knob was the meeting place chosen by the Dakota for the signing of the Treaty of Mendota, which opened the lands west of the Mississippi, including Dakota County, to settlement.
In 1858, the village of Mendota became part of the newly formed Mendota Township, where it would remain until 1887 until it was incorporated once again as a village. 1926 witnessed another historical moment when the Mendota Bridge, the longest poured concrete bridge in the world at the time, was completed.
On February 21, 1956, the residents of the remainder of Mendota Township voted to incorporate as the Village of Mendota Heights.
The City has preserved an abundance of parks and open spaces and encourages residential development. Mendota Heights has planned for diversified, high-technology offices and business areas. Area businesses include: Sun Country Airlines, Allen Interactions, Alltech Engineering, Cemstone, General Pump, LCS Company, Material Processing Corporation, Mayflower Distributing, Minnesota Knitting Mills, and R J Ryan Construction.
Mendota Heights is served by the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District #197. A close-knit community of schools located just minutes south of both Minneapolis and St. Paul, School District 197 serves all or parts of the communities of Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake and West St. Paul.
Additionally, the area is home to Convent of the Visitation School and St. Thomas Academy.
Parks and Recreation:
The City of Mendota Heights boasts a variety of recreation opportunities. Regional trails, riverside and lakeside parks, scenic bluffs and a wildlife preserve are among the unique features in our park system that help to shape Mendota Heights. The City's 13 developed parks total 242 acres of recreation areas. 21 miles of trails provide bountiful opportunities for walking, bicycling, bird watching and nature hikes.