Hopkins is a Minnesota city in Hennepin County located west of Minneapolis. There are approximately 18,000 residents in the four mile area of the town. Minnehanna Creek, a tributary of the Mississippi River, flows through Hopkins.
The first settlers of Hopkins arrived in the area in 1852 as the Minneapolis-St. Paul area was expanding and becoming more populated. People stationed at Fort Snelling began to call Hopkins home. In 1887 the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company was built, causing the need for the West Minneapolis Land Company to develop housing for the factory workers, causing an influx in settlers to the town.
West Minneapolis Village
A few years later, the residents of the budding town petitioned the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners to incorporate the town under the name West Minneapolis Village, which was granted in 1893. The town was three miles in total and boasted over 1,000 residents.
The town gets a new name and legacy
In 1928, the name of the village was changed to Hopkins for Harley H. Hopkins, one of the first homesteaders and the community’s first postmaster. The first mayor was Harley Hopkins’ son, Chester L. Hopkins. The town formally adopted its city charter on December 2, 1947, effectively becoming the City of Hopkins.
A “fruitful” city
In 1935, the city hosted its first annual Raspberry Festival in an effort to boost commerce and tourism during the tough economic period. The event coincided with peak harvest time and continues to take place in the third week of July every year. This dynamic city-wide event boasts board members of over 20 years who continue to take pride in offering joy and entertainment each summer.
Located just three miles outside of Minneapolis, Hopkins is a pleasant suburb with small town charm. The city boasts a good school system with several charter schools within the city limits. Notable Hopkins residents include world-renowned geochemist L. Thomas Aldrich; television actress and E! News correspondent Samantha Harris; and NFL cornerback for the Miami Dolphins Michael Lehan.
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