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Belle Plaine is a city in Scott County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 6,661 at the 2010 census.HistoryMinnesota 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 one in Minnesota. In 1974, it became a city.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.11sqmi; 5.91sqmi is land and 0.20sqmi is water.U.S. Highway 169 and Minnesota State Highway 25 are two of the main routes in the community. The U.S. Highway 169 corridor travels from the city of Virginia, Minnesota, along the western edge of Mille Lacs Lake, through the western suburbs of Minneapolis and continues south through Belle Plaine, Mankato, and then into Iowa. It is a central route of travel and provides easy access to the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota.Belle Plaine is in Minnesota (MN). Our United States tour planner allows you to plan your trip to Belle Plaine and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
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