Place:Belle Plaine, Scott, Minnesota, United States


NameBelle Plaine
Coordinates44.617°N 93.767°W
Located inScott, Minnesota, United States
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Belle Plaine is a city in Scott County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,661 at the 2010 census.


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Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court Judge Andrew G. Chatfield selected the townsite of Belle Plaine in 1853 while traveling from Mendota to Traverse des Sioux to hold court, as it was a halfway marker on his usual path of travel. Judge Chatfield chose to name the townsite Belle Plaine, which is French for "Beautiful Prairie." Even today the city has select areas of protected, natural prairie grasses.

From 1868 to 1974, Belle Plaine was incorporated as a borough, the only municipality in Minnesota to do so. In 1974, the municipal title was changed from borough to city.

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