The first European to explore Minnesota was French explorer Jean Nicolet in 1634. He traveled along Lake Michigan and the Fox River and likely reached the present-day state of Minnesota.
Nobles County, located in southwestern Minnesota, has a rich and diverse history. The area was originally inhabited by the Dakota Sioux tribe, who lived off the land and relied on hunting, fishing, and farming. In the mid-19th century, European settlers began to arrive, attracted by the fertile soil and abundant natural resources of the region.

The county was officially established in 1857 and named after William H. Nobles, a Minnesota state senator. The early pioneers faced numerous challenges, including harsh weather conditions and conflicts with the Native American tribes. However, with hard work and determination, the settlers gradually built thriving communities and established successful farms.

One significant event in the county's history was the arrival of the railroad in the 1870s. The railroad connected Nobles County to larger markets, allowing for increased trade and economic growth. The county's population grew rapidly, and new towns and villages sprang up along the railroad lines.

Over the years, Nobles County has experienced various developments and changes. Agriculture remains a vital part of the local economy, with crops like corn, soybeans, and livestock farming being prominent. The county has also diversified its industries, with manufacturing, healthcare, and education playing vital roles in the local economy. Today, Nobles County continues to flourish as a welcoming community, boasting a rich history and a promising future.

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

  • 1857 - Nobles County is established and named after William H. Nobles, a prominent settler.
  • 1872 - The town of Worthington is founded as the county seat.
  • 1872 - The railroad reaches Worthington, leading to increased settlement and economic growth.
  • 1873 - Nobles County courthouse is built in Worthington.
  • 1880s - The region experiences a boom in agriculture, with many farmers cultivating corn and wheat.
  • 1941-1945 - Nobles County residents contribute to the war effort during World War II.
  • 1972 - The Worthington Regional Hospital is established, providing healthcare services to the county.
  • 1980s - The agriculture industry diversifies with the introduction of soybeans and other crops.
  • 1998 - The Nobles County Historical Society is formed to preserve and promote the county's history.
  • 2019 - Nobles County celebrates its 150th anniversary with various events and activities.