Le Roy Township, Mower County, Minnesota

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Le Roy Township is a township in Mower County, Minnesota, United States [3]. The population was 396 at the 2000 census. The town in the township with the largest population is Le Roy with 925 people. The township is also home to Lake Louise State Park, the only Minnesota State Park in Mower County and the southernmost in the state. The Old Village of Le Roy was the first area in the township to be settled.

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History

Le Roy Township was organized on May 11, 1858 at a meeting held at the house of Daniel Caswell. At this meeting, the people of the township elected a clerk, an assessor, a collector, and three supervisors.

Le Roy was a small village on the banks of the Little Iowa River, one of the small streams that eventually become the Upper Iowa River. [4] It was located in section 28 of the Le Roy Township. Henry Edmonds, the first citizen of "Old Town," erected a mill on the river in 1855. The small village was platted on April 24, 1857. When the railroad was being built about one mile to the southeast in the area that is the modern-day town of Le Roy, some of the settlers starting making plans. When the first train rolled into "Le Roy Station" in August 1867, it dropped off building supplies for the new town. The new town was platted in September 1867 and some of the businesses and houses of Old Le Roy were moved intact to the new town.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.4 square miles (91.7 km²), of which, 35.4 square miles (91.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.08%) is water. The small streams of the southeastern part of the township are tributaries of the Upper Iowa River which eventually winds its way to the Mississippi River.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 396 people, 142 households, and 111 families residing in the township. The population density was 11.2 people per square mile (4.3/km²). There were 149 housing units at an average density of 4.2/sq mi (1.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.49% White, and 0.51% from two or more races.

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