Wabasha, Minnesota

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Wabasha is a city in Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,599 at the 2000 census. Located on the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Chippewa River, it is the county seat of Wabasha County[3]. Wabasha was the setting of the movies Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men.



Upon entering Wabasha you will see a sign reading "Welcome to Wabasha, Home of Grumpy Old Men". This is a tribute to the movie "Grumpy Old Men" (1993) and its 1995 sequel "Grumpier Old Men", written by Mark Steven Johnson about his grandfather, Wabasha native Charles Gilbert. Though many of the places mentioned in the movie (such as the local VFW and Slippery's Tavern) can be found in Wabasha, most location shots actually were filmed in other Minnesota communities. The only scene filmed near Wabasha was the "snow angel" scene, filmed in nearby Red Wing.[citation needed]

Wabasha is the location of the National Eagle Center.[4] Wabasha is also home to the Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, the oldest Episcopal church in Minnesota, which features a Tiffany stained glass window.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.3 square miles (24.1 km²), of which, 8.2 square miles (21.1 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²) of it (12.16%) is water. U.S. Highway 61 and Minnesota Highway 60 are two of the main routes in the city. Wisconsin Highways 25 and 35 are nearby.

The city of Wabasha is located on the Mississippi River at the foot of Lake Pepin.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,599 people, 1,062 households, and 665 families residing in the city. The population density was 318.4 people per square mile (123.0/km²). There were 1,166 housing units at an average density of 142.9/sq mi (55.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.96% White, 0.69% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population.

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