Byron, MN

Town in Olmsted County, MN

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Sponsors of Byron, MN

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About Byron, MN

In 1865, when the Winona St. Peter Railroad, now known as the Canadian Pacific Railroad, was being built, it was decided to establish a station ten miles west of Rochester close to a community then known as Bear Grove. S.W. VanDusen, a New York millionaire, purchased land near this station and platted a village. Mr. VanDusen named the village "Byron" after his hometown, "Byron, New York," which is approximately 25 miles southwest of Rochester, New York.

The railroad became the lifeline of the Village and at one time there were at least eight passenger trains stopping daily in Byron.

In the early days, Byron had a hotel, town doctor, cheese factory, brick yard, several general stores, a harness shop, a bank and a saloon. Little remains of the original buildings of Byron's early downtown as the buildings were slowly destroyed by fires.

Olmsted County, MN

Visit our county page and you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Olmsted County, MN page.

Veterans of Olmsted County, MN

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