Archive for December 28, 2007

County of the Week – Freeborn

December 28, 2007

Freeborn County, Minnesota

Founded: Freeborn County was established on the 20th of February, 1855.


  • The county seat is located in Albert Lea.
  • Freeborn County is often referred to as the “Southern Gateway of Minnesota.”
  • Agriculture is the main staple in the counties economy and is considered to be a highly productive center for trade.
  • Named after William Freeborn a territorial settler.

Places to be:

  • Every summer the Freeborn County Fair hosts “The Best Six Days of Summer.”
  • Helmer Myre State Park offers many outdoor recreational activities, such as, hiking, biking, camping, wildlife watching, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and canoeing.
  • When the snow falls one can cruise the 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the county.
  • Spend a summer day in any of Freeborn County’s 38 city parks.
  • If your looking for a enjoyable day out on the water, you wont be disappointed with Geneva Lake, Albert Lea Lake, Fountain Lake, Freeborn Lake, Bear Lake or Twin Lakes.

Sites to see:

  • Take in part in a public tour of 20 historical buildings at Pioneer Village.
  • Gain knowledge of the county by visiting the Freeborn County Museum.
  • Albert Lea offers many sites to see for all ages, including the Aquatic Center, Audubon Science Center, Greibrok’s Toy Tractor Farm, and the Storylady Doll and Toy Museum.

Population: Beautiful lakes and rich soil are just a couple of reasons why 33,000 people call Freeborn County their home.


* largest city

Area: 720 square miles