The historic Archibald Mill on the Cannon River in Dundas, June 2008.
Location of Dundas, Minnesota
|• Mayor||Glenn Switzer|
|• Total||1.92 sq mi (4.97 km2)|
|• Land||1.92 sq mi (4.97 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||932 ft (284 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,417|
|• Density||712.0/sq mi (274.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0642978|
Settled in the mid-1800s, the city was later founded in 1867 by the Archibalds: Brothers John Sidney and Edward T., along with their cousin George Archibald named it after their hometown of Dundas, Ontario, Canada. The brothers built mills on both sides of the Cannon River.
The ruins of The Archibald Mill a flour mill can still be seen today on the west bank of the Cannon River. The milling industry contributed greatly to Dundas' 19th-century success, and at one point the mills in Dundas were considered among the best in the world.
The city's original central business district was located on Second Street, and by 1866 it included two general stores, a library, hotel, shoe store, restaurant, meeting hall and saloon. The neighborhood began to shift once the Minnesota Central Railway built its station on the west side of the river, resulting in the development of Railway Street and the platting of the Railway Addition in 1865. All that remains of the original commercial district is the Ault Store (built in 1866), which started as a general store and housed the town's first library on the second floor; the same building also served as the home of the Dundas News for its operation from 1876-79 when it was bought and absorbed by the Northfield News.
Today, the town is chiefly a bedroom community for nearby Northfield and the more distant Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The juxtaposition of Dundas and Northfield and their disparate zoning policies and attitudes toward development have led to some unusual growth patterns. Dundas is home to a number of businesses, such as an off-sale liquor store and two bars that would be unable to get licenses to operate in Northfield.
Dundas has the only public feed mill within about 40 miles. It is operated by Interstate Mills on the site of the original grain elevator. In 1999, the threat of a Target store being sited in Dundas—rather than Northfield—was instrumental in forcing changes to Northfield's zoning to allow such uses.
In recent years, Dundas continues to grow, with new developments such as the College City Beverage building and the Stone Ridge Hills and Bridgewater Heights housing communities. This growth led to the construction of a new water tower near the College City Beverage site on the southwest side of town. Contrary to popular opinion and local lore, Dundas Technical University (Dundas Tech) only exists on T-shirts and jokes from Northfield and Faribault natives.
In the more distant past, the opening of a Menards home improvement store and the Mill Stone housing development spurred growth in the town. The growth of both Dundas and nearby Northfield has changed the political environment of the area and Bridgewater Township has recently decided to take on planning and zoning in an effort to slow the sprawl from the north.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.92 square miles (4.97 km2), all of it land. The Cannon River passes through the center of town. The latitude of Dundas is 44.429N. The longitude is 93.204W. Elevation is 932 feet above sea level.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,367 people, 514 households, and 376 families residing in the city. The population density was 712.0 inhabitants per square mile (274.9/km2). There were 533 housing units at an average density of 277.6 per square mile (107.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.9% White, 0.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 2.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.
There were 514 households of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.8% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.08.
The median age in the city was 33.6 years. 27.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 34.5% were from 25 to 44; 23.4% were from 45 to 64; and 8.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 547 people, 213 households, and 146 families residing in the city. The population density was 356.4 people per square mile (138.0/km²). There were 229 housing units at an average density of 149.2 per square mile (57.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.26% White, 1.28% African American, 1.10% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.38% of the population.
There were 213 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 104.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $51,429, and the median income for a family was $55,250. Males had a median income of $32,167 versus $29,306 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,316. About 4.8% of families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.
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- Britta Bloomberg, Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form, February 1981; copy accessed from Ault Store file, State Historic Preservation Office in the Minnesota History Center.