Freeborn County is home to pioneers from many different nations. Their common denominator was the rich farmland and the related businesses that promised a good life for their families. When Lt. Albert Miller Lea surveyed the area in 1835 with the Dragoons of Fort Des Moines, he described sparkling lakes encircled by gently sloping woodlands, smooth prairies interspersed with shady groves and rich with the melody of feathered songstersone of the most beautiful lands ever witnessed.
About the Author
The authors of this book present Freeborn County and its unique history in a style that invites the reader to traverse the county, looking at the beauty of today’s farmland and also at the dreams of the earliest settlers. In stories and photos from both the Freeborn County Historical Society and private collections, Freeborn County, Minnesota tells of its pioneers and the villages they planned, of the businesses they developed, and of the schools, festivals, churches, cemeteries, stagecoach roads, and railroads they supported.