Minnesota: Rice County

Rice County (pop. 64,142) is just east of Le Sueur County.

Faribault (pop. 23,352), the county seat, is home of the Minnesota State Academies for the Deaf and the Blind, both founded in 1863.

Noyes Hall, Academy for the Deaf

The Buckham Memorial Library was a gift to the city of Faribault from Anna Buckham in honor of her husband, Judge Thomas Scott Buckham.

Opened in 1930

Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is an Episcopal Church-affiliated boarding school in Faribault.

NHL All-Star Sidney Crosby played hockey there.

Actor Marlon Brando attended Shattuck School in the 1930s, but he dropped out before graduation.

“The Wild One” (1953)

Herbert Sellner of Faribault invented the Tilt-a-Wheel in 1926; his Sellner Manufacturing company in Faribault built the rides for many years.

He first built them in his basement.

The town of Northfield (pop. 20,007) is well-known as the home of two liberal arts colleges – Carleton (founded by Congregationalists in 1866) and Saint Olaf (founded by Lutherans in 1874).

Carleton’s Skinner Memorial Chapel (1916)

Peter Tork of The Monkees attended Carleton from 1960-63.

So did economist Thorstein Veblen (class of 1880)

In 1876, James-Younger Gang tried to rob the First National Bank of Northfield. Two gang members and two Northfield citizens died in the unsuccessful robbery.

Robert Duvall was Jesse James


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3 comments on “Minnesota: Rice County

  1. exdodds says:

    Those are some beautiful buildings!

    • Kathy Kasten says:

      We live in Faribault and attend church in Northfield, both in Rice County. You are right, these are beautiful buildings–and the two towns have many more lovely buildings–on campuses and in the downtowns. A great tourist spot. Carleton has recently purchased the old middle school in Northfield and renovated it into the Weitz Arts Center–a superb example of updating and “greening” an older building. It nearly adjoins their campus, so it is a prime location.

  2. Mary Schlick says:

    My father’s family came to Northfield from near Northfield, Mass. c. 1855. Thanks for jogging so many great memories of the stories.

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