Houston County (pop. 19,027) is in the far southeastern corner of Minnesota, bordered by Wisconsin (across the Mississippi River) on the east and Iowa on the south.
Houston County was named for Sam Houston (1793-1863), the first president of the Republic of Texas.
Much of the county is in the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest.
The county seat is Caledonia (pop. 2,868).
The city of La Crescent (pop. 4,830), along the Mississippi, calls itself the Apple Capital of Minnesota.
The town of Houston (pop. 979) has an International Festival of Owls every year.
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