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Businesses in the Zumbro River Valley

Tractor show during Mazeppa Daze in Mazeppa, Minnesota


 Evidence of the Zumbro River Valley's agricultural heritage is always on display in our towns and businesses.  The early settlers came to this part of Minnesota because of the availability of land, rich soil, and the opportunity to put down roots.   All the towns were established and incorporated in the last half of the 19th century with many communities founded before the Civil War.  The farms and businesses that sprang up around them shipped their goods to Midwestern markets using the riverboats first---and then the railroad.  Riverboat traffic dwindled away as the railways improved. Then new roads were built, railroad depots were closed, and tracks abandoned.  Businesses in the Valley towns continued to serve their communities, but competition from larger towns and a commuting population has taken its toll on these rural Main Streets.

Today, each town's Main Street, turn-of-the-century buildings remind us of a time when town's were self-sufficient.   And a trip to town for a farm family meant a bath and shave at the local barber...shopping for dry goods, groceries and supplies at the local mercantile... 25 cent dinners at the local hotel or cafe... entertainment at the local saloons... and religion every Sunday at churches of every major denomination.

Times change!  But what hasn't changed is our understanding of our relationship to the land.  Valley towns persist because of the forest and farms.

You'll find information about places to stay, restaurants and businesses of interest to visitors to the Lower Zumbro River Valley on this website.  


Explore The Zumbro is a collaboration of cities, businesses and organizations that are in or near the Zumbro River Valley in eastern Goodhue and Wabasha Counties in southeastern Minnesota..
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