Minnesota: McLeod County

McLeod County (pop. 36,651), just west of Carver County, has more than 50 lakes – the largest of which is Cedar Lake, in the northwestern corner.

The county seat is Glencoe (pop. 5,631), which apparently got its name from its resemblance to Glen Cloe in the highlands of Scotland.

Is it Minnesota, or is it Scotland?

The McLeod County Courthouse was built in 1909.

In the Beaux Arts style

The Louis Malle documentary “God’s Country” (1985) was filmed in the Glencoe area,

Hutchinson (pop. 14,178), the largest city in McLeod County, hosts the Minnesota Garlic Festival every August at the county fairgrounds.

China and India grow much more garlic than the U.S. 

Southern Minnesota’s Dakota War of 1862 is recognized by a statue of Dakota Chief Little Crow in Hutchinson.

Overlooking the Crow River 

The McLeod County town of Plato has a population of 320.

Named for Aristotle’s teacher 


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2 comments on “Minnesota: McLeod County

  1. Parry Dodds says:

    The main Scottish family Ames were the McClouds

  2. Mary Schlick says:

    My great grandmother told my grandmother that when the family moved from Massachusetts to southern Minnesota in the 1850s the Indian women would come to the cabin window to watch the women cook.

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