Mower County (pop. 39,163), the only Mower County in the U.S., was named for John Edward Mower, a member of the Minnesota Territorial Legislature.
Mower is one of only four Minnesota counties without a natural lake, but its Lake Louise State Park (1963) has a 25-acre man-made lake.
The county seat of Mower County is Austin (pop. 24,718), home of Hormel Foods Corporation.
The SPAM Museum in Austin is a popular tourist attraction.
Austin is on the 338-mile Cedar River, which flows south into Iowa and eventually joins the Iowa River.
Downtown Austin’s Paramount Theatre (1929) has been restored and now hosts a variety of concerts, films, and special events.
In the town of Grand Meadow (pop. 1,139), the K-12 Grand Meadow Public School has its classrooms, offices, cafeteria, and gym in five domes.
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