Mound, Minnesota

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Mound is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. ZIP code: 55364. The population was 9,435 at the 2000 census. Mound is the birthplace of the Tonka truck, named after Lake Minnetonka. Mound is also the birthplace of actor Kevin Sorbo, who portrayed Hercules on the television show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Author Lisa Wysocky is also from Mound.

The Tonka Toys headquarters was originally in Mound, but moved when business picked up and they needed a better place for supplies to be delivered to. Mound is half water and very hard to navigate.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.7 km²), of which, 2.9 square miles (7.6 km²) of it is land and 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²) of it (40.04%) is water. County roads 15 and 110 are two of the main arterial routes.

Lakes in Mound include Black Lake, Dutch Lake, Lake Langdon, Saunders Lake, Seton Lake; Lake Minnetonka encompasses these and many others in the area.

Lake Langdon lies immediately west of Mound, between an old Great Northern railroad line and Lake Minnetonka. One of its most notable places is an old ice house and grocery store at the east side of the lake. The store for many years in the 1940s and '50s was owned and operated by Ed and Pete Sollie, uncles of the Andrews Sisters. Other historic places on the east shore of Lake Langdon are Our Lady of the Lake parochial school and the Mound Baptist Church, long cared for by Ulrich Eugster, an immigrant to the United States from Reute, Switzerland.

According to Melvin Gimmestad's Historical Backgrounds of Mound, Minnesota, "Mound derived its name from the Indian mounds once found within the present-day limits. They were not built by the Dakota Indians but were made by prehistoric Indians". This origin of the name is also confirmed by author Warren Upham.[1] Mound has about 1,000 docks, and even more boats. Mound’s early history revolved around the lake. Lakes geographically define the town's areas, such as Three Points, The Island, The Highlands, Grandview Boulevard and Shirley Hills.

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