The city of Independence surrounds the city of Maple Plain on three sides. While the Luce Line does not enter the city, the trail lies about a mile south of the city, via either CSAH 19 or CSAH 110/83.
Maple Plain was founded in 1868, and it centered around the depot for the St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Manitoba Railway.
The village was incorporated in 1912. The city covers about 800 acres, with a 2010 population of 1,768. It provides a commercial and service center and has more of a traditional small-town character than many of the larger suburbs that surround it.
Further residential growth is unlikely within its boundaries, as the area zoned for residential use is almost completely developed. However, some land zoned for commercial or light industrial use remains undeveloped.
A potential trail connection along CSAH 19 would link Maple Plain to the Luce Line.
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