Minnesota: Rock County

Rock County (pop. 9,687) is in the southwestern corner of Minnesota, bordered by South Dakota on the west and Iowa on the south.

Nebraska and Wisconsin also have Rock counties.

Rock County is one of four Minnesota counties with no natural lakes, but Blue Mounds State Park has a small reservoir. The park has a herd of more than 100 bison.

The herd began in 1961 with three animals.

The county seat of Rock County is Luverne (pop. 4,745).

Rock County Courthouse (1890)

The Palace Theatre in Luverne (1915) hosts a variety of events, including live theater, concerts, and movies.

Owned by the city

Luverne was one of the cities featured in Ken Burns’ 2007 PBS series about World War II, “The War.”  The film had its world premiere at the Palace Theatre.

The six-mile Blue Mounds Hiking and Biking Trial connects Luverne with Blue Mounds State Park.

It opened in 2003.

The Verne Drive-In Theater in Luverne is one of the few remaining drive-ins in Minnesota.

Summer only


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One comment on “Minnesota: Rock County

  1. John Sunderson says:

    Have to admit I’ve not caught every “county” posting. Guess you can see the end in sight now.

    I will be checking things out the next few days as you feature the 2 counties (Jackson and Martin) that figure so richly in our Sunderson and Bailey (mom’s maiden name) heritage.

    Thanks for your efforts and endurance in sticking with it…

    Unless you’ve got another big project going, maybe we can get you to men’s retreat next year


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