DescriptionIn 1857 E. Banks Hall and William H. Budd, Fairmont's first permanent settlers, built homes on the lakes that still bear their names. Later that year the town was laid out and named for the rolling hills surrounding these nearby lakes.
Fort Fairmont was established shortly after the start of the Dakota Conflict of 1862, which terrified pioneers throughout southern Minnesota. A plaque near the courthouse marks the site of the fort.
Recreational facilities operate on a chain of five lakes 9 miles from the Iowa border. Channels connect four of them, and all are stocked with game fish. Fairmont is at the eastern end of the scenic portion of I-90 that runs 101 miles to the South Dakota border, and is also a halfway stopping point for travelers en route between Chicago and the Black Hills.
Visitor InfoFairmont Convention and Visitors Bureau 323 E. Blue Earth Ave. FAIRMONT, MN 56031. Phone:(507)235-8585 or (800)657-3280
Things to SeeMartin County Historical Society's Pioneer Museum