The city of Savage Minnesota is situated on the south bank of the Minnesota River in a region commonly referred to as South of the River, comprising the southern portion of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Savage is approximately 20 miles from downtown Minneapolis and 25 miles from downtown St. Paul.
The landing point for Irish and Scottish immigrants in 1800, Savage has grown into a developing bedroom community, absorbing population growth from Burnsville, its larger neighbor to the east. Once a shipbuilding port for the U.S. Navy, Savage is now an industrial manufacturing job center in the southern metro.
Previously named Hamilton after the city in Ontario, Canada, the town was renamed Savage after Marion Willis Savage who owned and trained the nationally celebrated racing horse Dan Patch.
In the summer of 1923, an obscure pilot named Charles Lindbergh was in route from southern Minnesota to see his father campaigning in Shakopee. But as the 21-year-old Lindbergh approached his landing site, he encountered a thunderstorm so severe he was unable to descend. He continued on until engine failure forced him to land in a swampy area near Savage. Four years later, Savage’s unexpected guest made world history by completing the first nonstop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris.
The county boasts a strong commercial and industrial base as well as a concentration of entertainment attractions. Attractions include Canterbury Park Race Track, The Landing Living History Museum, Elko Speedway, Mystic Lake Casino, the Renaissance Festival, and ValleyFair Amusement Park. Other major employers include ADC Telecommunications, Seagate Technologies and Fabcon.
The city is still relatively undeveloped, rural, and wild with sections of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve within its borders.
The population of Savage was 26,911 at the 2010 census.
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