Rushford, Minnesota

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Rushford is a city in Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,696 at the 2000 census.



Named for the spot where the nearby Rush Creek could easily be forded, the town was established in 1854. [3]

As a result of the 2007 Midwest flooding, the city was flooded when Rush Creek overtopped the dikes.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.15%) is water. The city of Rushford is completely surrounded by another city, Rushford Village.

Rushford is located in southeastern Minnesota's Bluff Country, part of the driftless area. Magelssen's Bluff, a 440-foot hill directly over the town, has the town name written in large white letters on the side of the hill.

Minnesota Highways 16, 30, and 43 are three of the main routes in the city.


Every five years, Rushford holds a city-wide Homecoming celebration, with a standing invitation to all former residents of the city to return and visit. The town also hosts an annual celebration formerly called "Frontier Days," now "Rushford Days."

Rushford is one of several towns intersected by the Root River segment of the Blufflands State Trail, a Rails to Trails project linking several small towns along 42 miles of former railroad grade. The historic Rushford Depot (pictured to the right) is a landmark along this trail, with a museum inside the old depot and other historic buildings on the grounds.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there are 1,696 people, 704 households, and 433 families residing in the city. The population density is 988.5 people per square mile (380.7/km²). There are 761 housing units at an average density of 443.6/sq mi (170.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 99.00% White, 0.24% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.12% from two or more races. 0.29% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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