Preston, Minnesota

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Preston is a city in Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,426 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Fillmore County.[3] The Root River runs through it, and Mystery Cave State Park is nearby. It bills itself as "America's Trout Capital,"[4] with a 20-foot trout [5] placed along Minnesota State Highway 16.



Fillmore Central School District (#2198) is a public school district that has two schools in Preston. Those schools are the Elementary (prekindergarten- fourth grade) and Middle Schools (fifth - eighth grade). The High School (ninth-twelfth grade) is located in nearby Harmony, Minnesota. For the School years of 2005–2006, their enrollment is 641 students. Fillmore Central's predicted total enrollment is 604 students for the school years of 2006-2007.


The community was named for Luther Preston, a millwright.[6] The old Preston grain elevator used to be known as the Milwaukee Elevator Company Grain Elevator. It was built around 1890 for holding grain for shipment by railroad to the Eastern cities of the United States. The elevator was last used in the 1980s. It was built with "cribbed" construction, which has to do with interlocking bins. At the time it was a lot stronger and a lot more expensive to build it this way than to build it in stud construction. Now the Preston Historical Society is trying to restore the structure.

The Preston Overlook was built in 1937 by the Minnesota Department of Highways under the program of Federal Relief Construction during the New Deal. A site was chosen on of the highest point on the bluffs above the Root River, 90 feet below. The Preston Overlook was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²), all of it land. The South Branch of the Root River snakes through the city.

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