The first successful commercial shipment of wheat from the Great Plains to Europe was made in 1871 from Minneapolis.
Le Sueur County, located in the state of Minnesota, has a rich history that dates back to the prehistoric era. The area was inhabited by various Native American tribes for centuries, with the Dakota Sioux being the most prominent. These tribes relied on the Minnesota River for resources and established settlements in the region.

European exploration of the area began in the 17th century, with French fur traders and explorers venturing into the region. However, it wasn't until the early 19th century that significant settlement began. The first permanent European settlers arrived in the 1850s, primarily of German and Irish descent. They established small farming communities and began cultivating the fertile land.

Le Sueur County was officially established in 1853 and named after French explorer Pierre-Charles Le Sueur. The county quickly developed as agricultural practices improved, and more settlers arrived. The construction of railroads in the late 19th century further stimulated growth and enabled the county to expand its economic reach.

Over the years, Le Sueur County has experienced periods of prosperity and challenges. The agricultural sector continued to thrive, with farmers producing crops such as corn, soybeans, and various vegetables. The county also saw growth in industries like manufacturing and healthcare, contributing to its economic stability. Today, Le Sueur County remains a vibrant community with a strong focus on preserving its history and promoting sustainable growth.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Le Sueur County, Minnesota.

  • 1851: Le Sueur County is established on February 20, named after French explorer Pierre-Charles Le Sueur.
  • 1853: The county's first courthouse is constructed in Kasota, serving as the seat of government.
  • 1855: The county seat is moved to Le Sueur Center (now Le Center) due to its more central location.
  • 1862: The Dakota War breaks out, leading to conflict between settlers and Native Americans in the area.
  • 1870: The current Le Sueur County Courthouse is built in Le Center, replacing the previous courthouse.
  • 1907: Minnesota River floods cause significant damage to infrastructure and agriculture in the county.
  • 1959: The Green Giant Company opens a pea processing plant in Le Sueur, becoming a major employer in the area.
  • 1989: A tornado strikes the city of Le Center, causing extensive damage to homes and buildings.
  • 1996: Floodwaters from the Minnesota and Le Sueur Rivers cause widespread flooding in the county.
  • 2015: Le Sueur County celebrates its 164th anniversary since its establishment.