Searles in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Searles, a small community in Section 21 of Cottonwood Township, was platted on October 10, 1899, by Harry and Anna Jenkins. It was a railroad station point named by officials of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad.
The original plat included 9 blocks. Lots priced from $50 to $100 were sold by the Iowa and Minnesota Land and Town Site Co. Early businesses included a lumberyard, hardware store, blacksmith shop, general store, creamery, elevator, saloon, and ice house. Searles has survived the hardships of a fire which destroyed much of the business district in 1911, the closure of its bank in 1933, and the loss of many of its early businesses.
Today Searles has a population of 110. With the simple necessities of a post office, restaurant, church and school, it offers residents a glimpse at the past and a haven from busy city life.
The Brown County Historical Society and the Community of Searles.
Rededicated in 2009.
Erected 1999 by the Brown County Historical Society and the Community of Searles.
Location. 44° 13.729′ N, 94° 25.91′ W. Marker is in Searles, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker is at the intersection Click for map. Marker is at the Cottonwood Town Hall / Senior Citizen Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12984 Main Street, Searles MN 56084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cottonwood Twp. Evangelical Church and Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Father Valentine Sommereisen (approx. 3 miles away); The Evacuation of New Ulm (approx. 3.9 miles away); Adams Park (approx. 4.2 miles away); Junior Pioneers of New Ulm and Vicinity (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Wallachei (approx. 4.6 miles away); Clear Lake School (approx. 4.7 miles away); Courtland (approx. 5.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Searles, Minnesota. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 20, 2013.)
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