Mower County, Minnesota

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Mower County (named for John Edward Mower) is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2000, it was home 38,603 people, 23,314 of whom live in its county seat of Austin. Lake Louise State Park is located in the southeast part of the county near Le Roy. The entire county is served by area code 507 and all ZIP codes in the county have 559 as the first three numbers.

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Settlement and History

In 1852 Jacob McQuillin and his family settled what was to become Mower County. By 1855 the area had enough people to merit official formation and on March 1, 1856 Minnesota Governor Willis A. Gorman (D) signed the act organizing Mower County. The county was named in honor of John Edward Mower, a member of the territorial legislature. (More history at Austin, Minnesota.)

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 712 square miles (1,843 km²), of which 712 square miles (1,843 km²) is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) (0.03%) is water.

Lakes

Although Mower County is one of only four counties in Minnesota with no natural lake, it does have four small ponds and lakes created by dams.

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