Woodbury, Minnesota

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Woodbury is a city in Washington County, Minnesota, United States, and is a suburb of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. It is situated east of Saint Paul along Interstate 94. The population was 46,463 at the 2000 census, making Woodbury the largest city in the world with the name "Woodbury" in terms of population.

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History

Woodbury was originally named Red Rock, but was renamed Woodbury after Levi Woodbury, the first justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to attend law school, realized that another Red Rock existed in Minnesota.[1] When first settled in 1844, the land was mostly timber but was converted to farmland. The township government was organized in 1858, and the first town hall built in 1876.

The first suburban housing development began in 1955, and the city has seen an increasing level of metropolitan expansion as the farmland has given way to developments and shopping malls.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.6 square miles (92.2 km²), of which, 35.0 square miles (90.6 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (1.74%) is water. The city is bounded on the northern side by I-94, the south by 60th St., the west by Century Avenue, and the east by Manning Ave. The adjoining cities in these directions are, respectively, Oakdale and Lake Elmo, Cottage Grove, Maplewood, and Afton.

Woodbury is composed of upland between the valleys of the Mississippi River and St. Croix River. Much of Woodbury lies within the watershed of Valley Creek, one of the few remaining trout streams in the Twin Cities area. Valley Creek flows eastwards to the St. Croix River at Afton, Minnesota. The city also contains several small lakes, including Powers, Wilmes, Colby, Carver, and Battle Creek. Battle Creek lake is the source of Battle Creek, which flows westwards to the Mississippi River in Saint Paul.

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