Lyle Township, Mower County, Minnesota

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Lyle Township is a township in Mower County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 402 at the 2000 census. The largest city contained within the township is Lyle with 566 people. All other areas of the township are unincorporated. The township was named for Robert Lyle, an early settler from Ohio who later went on to become judge of probate and an elected representative of the region in the state legislature.



J.D. Woodbury built a log cabin along the Cedar River in section 33 (about two and a half miles west of the modern-day town of Lyle) in 1853 which he then sold to Benjamin Coe in 1855 before moving to Olmsted County. Section 4 started to be settled in 1854 by Eben Merry as well as by James Foster and his son, Return. John Tift also came in 1854 and started the small settlement of Troy. The township was officially organized in 1858 and it was later named for Robert Lyle, an early settler from Ohio. He came to the area in 1856 and went on to become judge of probate and an elected representative of the region in the state legislature. He stayed in the area until 1868 when he moved to Missouri.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.5 square miles (91.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 402 people, 146 households, and 113 families residing in the township. The population density was 11.3 people per square mile (4.4/km²). There were 157 housing units at an average density of 4.4/sq mi (1.7/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.00% White, 0.25% Native American, 0.25% Asian, and 0.50% from two or more races.

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