National Register Listings in
Goodhue County, Minnesota

Anderson, Alexander P., Estate-Tower View Bank of Pine Island, Opera House Block Barn Bluff Baslington, George, Farmhouse Bridge No. 12 Bringgold, Jacob A. and Mary Finn House Burpee, Anna and Samuel Murry, House Cannon Falls Commercial Historic District Cannon Falls School Carleton Airport Carlson, G. A., Lime Kiln Chicago Great Western Depot Church of St. Rose of Lima Church of the Redeemer-Episcopal Cross of Christ Lutheran Church Dammon Round Barn District No. 20 School Ellsworth Hotel Livery Stable Firemen's Hall First Congregational Church of Zumbrota Florence Town Hall Fryk, E. J., Barn Gellett, Capt. Charles, House Gladstone Building Gunderson, Martin T., House Hauge Lutheran Church Hewitt, Dr. Charles, Laboratory Holden Lutheran Church Parsonage Hoyt, E. S., House Immanuel Lutheran Church Kappel Wagon Works Keystone Building Lawther, James L., House Mendota to Wabasha Military Road: Cannon River Section Miller, Harrison, Farmhouse Miller, John, Farmhouse Minnesota State Training School Minnesota Stoneware Company Nansen Agricultural Historic District Oakwood Cemetery Old Frontenac Historic District Oxford Mill Ruin Pine Island City Hall and Fire Station Pratt-Tabor House Red Wing City Hall Red Wing Iron Works Red Wing Mall Historic District Red Wing Residential Historic District Red Wing Waterworks Roscoe Butter and Cheese Factory Sheldon, T. B., Memorial Auditorium Sheldon, Theodore B., House St. James Hotel St. James Hotel and Buildings (Boundary Increase) Third Street Bridge Towne-Akenson House Vasa Historic District Wallauer, Fred, Farmhouse Yale Hardware Store Yale, Darwin E., House Zumbrota Covered Bridge
Minnesota is home to the largest ball of twine ever rolled by one person. Francis A. Johnson started rolling the ball in 1950 and continued to add to it until his death in 1989. The ball weighs over 17,000 pounds and has a circumference of 40 feet.
Goodhue County, located in southeastern Minnesota, has a rich and diverse history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, particularly the Dakota and the Ojibwe. European settlers began to explore the region in the early 19th century, attracted by its fertile land and abundant natural resources.

In 1853, Goodhue County was officially established, named after James Madison Goodhue, the first printer and editor of the Minnesota Pioneer. The county quickly developed as pioneers flocked to the area, primarily engaging in agriculture and logging. Towns such as Red Wing, the county seat, and Cannon Falls grew as trading and transportation hubs, playing crucial roles in the county's development.

The 19th century also marked the arrival of immigrants from Europe, including German, Irish, and Scandinavian settlers. These newcomers brought their cultural traditions and skills, contributing to the further growth and diversity of the county. Agriculture remained an important industry, with farming and milling becoming key economic drivers.

Throughout the 20th century, Goodhue County continued to evolve. The county experienced notable progress in transportation with the construction of highways and railroads, facilitating connections to neighboring regions. Industrial expansion also occurred, diversifying the economy beyond agriculture. Today, Goodhue County blends its rich history with modern amenities, attracting visitors with its charming small towns, scenic landscapes, and historical sites.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Goodhue County, Minnesota.

  • 1853 - Goodhue County was established on March 5, as one of the nine original counties in the Minnesota Territory.
  • 1854 - The city of Red Wing, now the county seat, was founded and became a hub for riverboat traffic on the Mississippi River.
  • 1855 - The county government was organized, and regular elections were held.
  • 1862 - The Dakota War uprising led to tensions and conflicts between settlers and Native Americans in the county.
  • 1868 - The College of St. Teresa, now known as St. Catherine University, was established in the city of Red Wing.
  • 1873 - The Red Wing State Training School, now called the Minnesota Correctional Facility - Red Wing, was established as a reform school for boys.
  • 1898 - The Goodhue County Courthouse in Red Wing was completed and still serves as the county's primary government building.
  • 1970s - The county experienced significant economic growth due to the expansion of agricultural and manufacturing industries.
  • 1984 - The Red Wing Shoe Company Museum was opened to showcase the history and success of the renowned footwear company.
  • 1996 - The Welch Village Ski Area, a popular winter recreational destination, was acquired by Goodhue County.