County of the week – Brown County

Brown County

Founded: 20 February 1855


• The county was named for Joseph Renshaw Brown who came to Minnesota in 1819
• On February 18, 1856, the Territorial Legislature declared Brown County an organized county and established New Ulm as the county seat.
• Germans populated most of the earliest settlement however, the Norwegians discovered the beautiful lake county in the southeastern Brown County
• An impetus was given to expanded settlement by the coming of the railroad to the county in 1872. By 1899 railroad transportation covered the south part of the county with stations in Comfrey in Bashaw Township and Hanska in Lake Hanska Township.
• Brown County is agriculturally oriented. In 2005, manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $38,306.

Major Industries:

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, Manufacturing, Mining.

Population: 26, 911 (2000 Census)

Cities: Cobden, Comfrey, Evan, Hanska, Nedw Ulm, Sleepy Eye, Springfield.

Recreational opportunities:

County Fair
 Historical Sites.

Upcoming Events

• Bock Fest
• Brown County Fair
• Fasching
• Flandrau Fest
• Heritagefest
• Oktoberfest
• Corn Days
• Syttende Mai (sent de my)
• Nativity Pageant
• For a complete list of events in Brown County, visit

Thanks to the Brown County Website for the information!

Information gathered by Eric Anunobi, Sesquicentennial Fellow

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3 Comments on “County of the week – Brown County”

  1. If you come to visit Brown County be sure to visit the Bingham Hall Bed & Breakfast in New Ulm. We were the only Minnesota B&B to win the award in 2007!

  2. laurab4186 Says:

    ohh thats good to know, thanks for the info. Shannon!

  3. Steve Says:

    FYI – Heritagefest was discontinued. There’s a new, similar festival named Bavarian Blast that takes place in July.

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