Champlin, Minnesota

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Champlin is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 22,193 at the 2000 census. U.S. Route 169 serves as a main arterial route in the city.



The city of Champlin is located along the Mississippi River, surrounded by the cities of Anoka, Dayton, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and Coon Rapids, about 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Minneapolis. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.8 km²), of which, 8.2 square miles (21.2 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (7.05%) is water. The average elevation is 875 feet (267 m) above sea level and the Mississippi River is approximately one-eighth of a mile wide throughout Champlin.


The settlement of the Champlin area began when Father Louis Hennepin, a Franciscan priest from whom Hennepin County, Minnesota gets its name, Michael Accult and Peter Dulay were captured by the Sioux Indians. An Indian trading post was eventually established in the area. Charles Miles created the first permanent settlement in what came to be called the Marshall Township. In 1859, it was split into six towns, Champlin and Dayton.

The name Champlin came from the family name of U.S. Navy Commodore Stephen Champlin. He was active in the war against England and Canada in 1812 and in the establishment of the Canadian-United States Boundary. Unfortunately, soon after naming Champlin, Miles succumbed to depression and hung himself in a tree. A memorial to him still stands on that spot today.

The Commodore's daughter was married to John B. Cook, a partner of Minnesota's Alexander Ramsey. Although Cook was never a resident of Champlin, he was involved in real estate transactions here and in the incorporation of Champlin. In 1947 a portion of the old Township of Champlin was incorporated to form the Village of Champlin and on January 9, 1971, the Township of Champlin and the Village of Champlin consolidated as the result of a petitioned order from the Minnesota Municipal Commission to form the City of Champlin.

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