Just minutes south of Minneapolis and St. Paul on the south bank of the Minnesota River is Burnsville. Although it’s the 10th largest city in Minnesota, it wasn’t always that way.
Because the region (now known as Burnsville) was rich in waterfowl and game animals, around 1750 the Mdewakanton Dakota determined it made an ideal permanent settlement. One hundred years later, the Dakota ceded land to European settlers; the rural farming community is named for William Byrne, an Irish settler. With the arrival of the railroad in 1864, Minneapolis residents discovered Crystal Lake, Orchard Lake and nearby Marion Lake, helping Burnsville gain popularity as a resort town; yet the town remained tiny, just under 600 people. In 1960, all that changed. When the Lyndale Avenue Drawbridge, which connected the southern rural communities to Minneapolis, became the I-35W Minnesota River Bridge, it transformed small town Burnsville into a thriving suburb of over 60,000 residents.
Now, Burnsville is home to many for good reason. It’s “15 minutes or less from the Minnesota Zoological Gardens, Valleyfair Amusement Park, Mystic Lake Casino, the Renaissance Festival and the Mall of America,” in addition to being conveniently close to all that Minneapolis-St. Paul has to offer.
If shopping the 1.2 million-square-foot mall (Burnsville is ranked eighth in the state for amount of retail sales), superior dining and entertainment aren’t cause enough to come to Burnsville, then perhaps a variety of recreational opportunities including a major ski resort and over 70 parks will do the trick.
But you can’t play all the time; you’ve got to work and go to school. Burnsville is home to over 2,200 businesses and ranked 11th in Minnesota in the number of manufacturing firms. With three thriving, award-winning and nationally recognized school districts serving the area, prospective residents can feel confident their children will get a quality education.
Visit scenic Burnsville (and Minneapolis-St. Paul) and see what you’re missing.