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Located in the most southwestern corner of the state, Rock County has a strong agricultural base that includes bison and is the only county in Minnesota that does not have a natural lake.
On October 2, 1876, the first passenger train arrived in the village of Luverne. Today, the city of Luverne has a population of approximately 4,745 people, and is the county seat of Rock County. There are nine towns in Rock County: Hardwick, Kenneth, Magnolia, Beaver Creek, Hills, Steen, Ash Creek, Kanaranzi, and part of Jasper, which also lies in Pipestone County. – CityOfLuverne.org
Luverne sits on the crossroads of Interstate 90 and Highway 75. How did this city get it’s name? According to the CityOfLuverne.org website…
In 1867, the first mail route was mapped from Blue Earth, Minnesota, to Yankton, South Dakota. Philo Hawes, the man who first mapped Luverne, stopped at his regular camping grounds on the Blue Mounds. He discovered that better land lay more to the south. He then traveled to the present site of the Public Works Department in Luverne and built a stable large enough to hold six horses. This stable, which was created from poles and clay, was the very beginning of present day in Luverne. Mr. and Mrs. Hawes named the city after their daughter, Luverne. – CityOfLuverne.org/History
Rich in history, there are several museums and points of interest:
- Rock County Courthouse & Veterans Memorial– self-guided tours available
- Rock County Veteran’s Memorial Building – featuring a WWII Exhibit
- Rock County Historical Museum
- Hinkly House
For it’s Mainstreet Retail, Luverne implemented a Historic Facade Improvement Program to help restoring ‘buildings as closely as possible to their historic appearance from 1878-1948′… ‘Preserving the Past. Preparing for the Future.’
In addition to it’s historic roots, Luverne has emerged as an art mecca:
- Carnegie Cultural Center
- Palace Theatre – featuring live performances by the Green Earth Players
- Brandenburg Gallery & Touch the Sky Prairie – Pioneer Public TV Postcards video
- The Blue Mound Interpretive Center – formerly the home of novelist Frederick Manfred
This City has evolved into a community that values it’s history but embraces progress. Their slogan…’Love the Life!’. With a beautiful network for trails, called ‘The Loop’, visitors can enjoy natural prairie, various agriculture & Community Gardens and the Blue Mound Cliffline. For more information and maps, go to CityOfLuverne.org/Community Information/Trails.
The Blue Mound State Park is home to an impressive bison herd which is rounded up each fall. As reported by Minnesota DNR…
These beautiful beasts also inspired Luverne’s annual Buffalo Days. Coordinated by the Luverne Chamber…
Buffalo Days is a three day celebration held on the first weekend in June. The festival begins on Friday evening with a Cruise-In of collector cars. On Saturday the day begins with a parade in downtown Luverne at 10:00 a.m. Arts in the Park begin at 9:00 a.m. at the City Park. Over 100 booths with people from a four-state area offer a variety of crafts. There are many wonderful food booths and a wide variety of entertainment throughout the afternoon – such as a Buffalo Chip Throwing contest, dancing, and karate. Sunday Features community worship service, buffalo burger luncheon, horse drawn trolley tours, and live music. – Luverne Chamber
From HUGE bison to tiny Wiener Dogs, Luverne knows how to draw a crowd on Hot Dog Nite! Each July…
Luverne merchants serve over 12,000 free hot dogs and beverages to all those who come out to celebrate as a thank you for their patronage. Entertainment abounds on the streets with Tae-Kwon-Do demonstrations, Spotlight Dance performances, Wiener Dog Beauty Pageant and Wiener Dog Races. – Luvernechamber.com
Luverne Municipal Airport facility houses the planes and all equipment for “Skydive Adventures” which is a private skydiving company offering skydiving training and scheduled skydiving events.The airport is located one mile South of Luverne on Highway 75.
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