Wilmont, Minnesota

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Wilmont is a city in Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 332 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land. By elevation, Wilmont is the highest incorporated community in Nobles County.

Main Highways Include:

  • MN-266.svg Minnesota State Highway 266 Discontinued in 2003 - renamed Nobles County Road 25
  • County 25.png Nobles County Road 25
  • County 16.png Nobles County Road 16
  • County 13.png Nobles County Road 13

History

The town of Wilmont was established in 1899. The town was named after the township in which it was located—sort of.

Willmont Township (note the double-L) was established in 1878. There was a general disagreement over the township name, one faction wishing to call it Willumet, and the other favoring Lamont. On November 22, 1878, a compromise was reached, and the township was formally named Willmont.

For twenty-one years, the residents of Willmont Township lacked convenient railroad transport. That all changed in the summer of 1899 when the Burlington Railway surveyed a new route extending northwest from Worthington. Railroad right-of-way man Thomas H. Brown selected a site for a new town and named it Wilmont. He made a point of spelling the new town with one L to distinguish it from Willmont Township. The railroad was completed on December 16, 1899, and hundreds of newcomers soon took up residence.

The survey was made, and the plat was dedicated on January 22, 1900. A Post Office was established on February 13, 1900. In April 1900, the first saloon was established in Wilmont by the Stuntebeck Brothers. Construction of a new school was approved in September 1900 with the school opening two years later. When the town celebrated its first birthday in December 1900, the town boasted two churches (Presbyterian and Catholic), three saloons, and nearly two dozen other businesses. The date and reason for Willmont Township's name change from Willmont (double-L) to Wilmont (single-L) remains obscure.[3]

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