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Highway 13 in Mendota
Highway 13 in Mendota
Location of the city of Mendotawithin Dakota County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Mendota
within Dakota County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Dakota
 • Total 0.29 sq mi (0.76 km2)
 • Land 0.27 sq mi (0.69 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
768 ft (234 m)
 • Total 198
 • Estimate 
 • Density 818.87/sq mi (316.36/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 651
FIPS code 27-41678
GNIS feature ID 0647762
Mendota Historic District
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Location Roughly bounded by government lot 2, I-55, Sibley Hwy., D St., and Minnesota River, Mendota, Minnesota
Area 50 acres (20 ha)
NRHP reference No. 70000293
Added to NRHP June 22, 1970

Mendota is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. The name is derived from the Dakota language, meaning "mouth or junction of one river with another. The population was 198 at the 2010 census.


The town was one of the first permanent settlements in the state of Minnesota, being founded around the same time as Fort Snelling. It also houses a small museum which used to be the Hypolite Du Puis house, the Henry Hastings Sibley house, the Faribault house, and buildings associated with the American Fur Company, all dating from the 1830s. The main route through the small city is State Highway 13, also known as Sibley Memorial Highway. Other roads in the city are mainly small unimproved roads.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.30 square miles (0.78 km2), of which 0.27 square miles (0.70 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

The city of Mendota is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The city is surrounded on three sides by the city of Mendota Heights. Fort Snelling State Park is nearby.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 348
1890 248 −28.7%
1900 282 13.7%
1910 245 −13.1%
1920 193 −21.2%
1930 173 −10.4%
1940 228 31.8%
1950 243 6.6%
1960 259 6.6%
1970 266 2.7%
1980 219 −17.7%
1990 164 −25.1%
2000 197 20.1%
2010 198 0.5%
2019 (est.) 217 9.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 198 people, 78 households, and 52 families living in the city. The population density was 733.3 inhabitants per square mile (283.1/km2). There were 82 housing units at an average density of 303.7 per square mile (117.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.4% White, 1.5% African American, 1.5% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 1.5% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 78 households, of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.3% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the city was 37.8 years. 26.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.4% were from 25 to 44; 30.4% were from 45 to 64; and 10.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

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Notable people

  • Timothy J. Corbett, first Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Crookston
  • Hypolite Dupuis, Clerk for Henry H. Sibley, arrived in Mendota in 1842.
  • Jean-Baptiste Faribault, trader and early Minnesota settler
  • Joseph Godfrey, only African American combatant in the Dakota War of 1862
  • Henry H. Sibley, first Governor of Minnesota, arrived in Mendota in 1835

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