The first Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives, which would later become the Big Ten Conference, was held in Minneapolis in 1895.
Fillmore County, located in southeastern Minnesota, has a rich and diverse history that spans back thousands of years. Native American tribes, including the Dakota and Ho-Chunk, were the original inhabitants of the area. European settlement began in the early 1850s, with the establishment of towns and farms in response to the Minnesota Territorial Government's efforts to expand westward.

The county was officially formed in 1853 and named after President Millard Fillmore. The towns of Preston, the county seat, and Chatfield quickly grew as trading centers for the surrounding agricultural communities. Agriculture played a vital role in the county's development, with crops such as wheat, oats, corn, and barley being grown by the early settlers. The construction of railroads in the late 19th century further facilitated trade and economic growth in the region.

Fillmore County was also significantly impacted by the American Civil War. Many of its young men enlisted in the Union Army, with some regiments being entirely comprised of members from the county. The war brought both economic hardships and social changes to the region, leading to the development of new industries and the growth of education and healthcare facilities.

In recent times, Fillmore County has been revitalized as a popular tourist destination. The area's natural beauty, including its many parks, rivers, and bluffs, attracts outdoor enthusiasts. Historical sites, such as the Historic Forestville and Mystery Cave State Park, provide visitors with a glimpse into the county's past. With a diverse community and a mix of urban and rural areas, Fillmore County continues to evolve while embracing its rich heritage.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Fillmore County, Minnesota.

  • 1853 - Fillmore County is established
  • 1854 - The town of Preston is founded
  • 1874 - The county courthouse is built in Preston
  • 1893 - The Root River Valley Railroad reaches Lanesboro, boosting the town's economy
  • 1920 - The town of Chatfield becomes the new county seat
  • 1940s - The Great Depression and World War II bring economic challenges to the county
  • 1973 - Fillmore County Historical Society is formed to preserve local history
  • 1980s - Tourism becomes an important industry with the establishment of the Root River State Trail
  • 2007 - The town of Fountain celebrates its 150th anniversary