Bigelow Township, Nobles County, Minnesota

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Bigelow Township is a township in Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 384 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.2 square miles (93.9 km²), of which, 34.5 square miles (89.3 km²) of it is land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it (4.91%) is water. A major geographic feature in Bigelow Township is the Buffalo Ridge, a drainage divide between the Mississippi and Missouri River systems. Lake Bella and the eastern part of Lake Ocheda are found within Bigelow Township. In addition, the Ocheyedan River and one branch of the Little Rock River both originate in Bigelow Township.

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Organization of Bigelow Township was approved by the Nobles County Board on April 30, 1872. The first township meeting was held May 20, 1872. Residents petitioned for the township to be named Ocheda, after Lake Ocheda, much of which lies within the township. However, the Nobles County Board named the townhip Bigelow, after the newly-formed village of Bigelow which lies within the township. The village of Bigelow was named after Charles Bigelow, one of the directors of the St. Paul and Sioux City Railway Company.[3]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 384 people, 132 households, and 114 families residing in the township. The population density was 11.1 people per square mile (4.3/km²). There were 139 housing units at an average density of 4.0/sq mi (1.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.92% White, 2.08% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.08% of the population.

There were 132 households out of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 81.1% were married couples living together, 2.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.9% were non-families. 12.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.16.

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