Kasota, Minnesota

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Kasota is a city in Le Sueur County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 680 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.

Minnesota State Highway 22 serves as a main route in the community. U.S. Route 169 is nearby.

History

According to the History of Nicollet and LeSueur Counties, Rueben Buetters was the first settler in Kasota and all of Le Sueur County in 1851. J.W. Babcock founded the city and eventually established it as the Village of Kasota, the only establishment in the Kasota Township of any commercial or political importance.[3]

The Stone Industry

Babcock also was the first to begin quarrying Kasota limestone in and around the city of Kasota. The Babcock Company was the chief stone company throughout the early history of the city, and according to the Kasota Historical Society the relationship between the stone company and the city was less than spectacular. At one point the Babcock company decided to blast within the city limits. This led to the creation of the park on County Road 21 in the town center - after the company was forced to fill in the quarry near the homes of city residents.

In the early 1980s, the Babcock Company went bankrupt. The Vetter Company subsequently bought the Babcock quarries, further expanding the Vetter Stone Company which currently operates just outside the city limits in Mankato, MN. The Vetter's were former employees of the Babcock Company who left to start their own company in the 1950s. The former location of the Babcock Company in Kasota is now occupied by Door Engineering, a company manufacturing industrial doors.

Kasota stone was recently selected as the primary stone in the building of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

Namesakes

Kasota (Dakota for "clear skies") was the name of a wooden Great Lakes iron ore steamer, built 1884. The Kasota sank after colliding with the passenger steamer The City of Detroit on the Detroit River in July 1890. The Kasota was salvaged and rebuilt in 1892.

The USS Kasota was a naval tugboat, launched 1944, struck from the Navy list, 1961. According to nafts.net, it is believed that the Kasota (also known as the "Mighty Dueces") was the last 'Wooden hull' tug in the Navy at the time.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 680 people, 275 households, and 196 families residing in the city. The population density was 673.4 people per square mile (260.0/km²). There were 279 housing units at an average density of 276.3/sq mi (106.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.59% White, 0.74% African American, 2.06% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

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