Browns Valley, Minnesota

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Browns Valley is a city in Traverse County, Minnesota, United States, adjacent to the South Dakota border. The population was 690 at the 2000 census.

Browns Valley lies along the Little Minnesota River between the northern end of Big Stone Lake and the southern end of Lake Traverse, which is separated from the Little Minnesota River by a low and narrow continental divide that skirts the northern edge of town. The city, both lakes, and the river lie in the Traverse Gap, the bed of ancient, south-flowing Glacial River Warren, the outlet to Glacial Lake Agassiz which, when drained, became the valley of the north-flowing Red River of the North.



The city was named for founder Joseph R. Brown.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.

The Browns Valley weather station often records some of Minnesota's highest summer temperatures. For example, on July 31, 2007, a high of 107°F (42°C) was registered.[4]

Minnesota Highways 27 and 28 are two of the main routes in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 690 people, 285 households, and 171 families residing in the city. The population density was 878.5 people per square mile (337.2/km²). There were 317 housing units at an average density of 403.6/sq mi (154.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.61% White, 15.80% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of the population.

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