Granite Falls is a city in Chippewa, Renville and Yellow Medicine counties in Minnesota. Serving as the county seat for Yellow Medicine County, Granite Falls, Minnesota is a scenic byway community located in the Minnesota River Valley. The city has made a big comeback since experiencing a devastating tornado in July of 2000. With a population of about 2,900, Granite Falls has excellent schools, diverse neighborhoods, quality businesses and shopping opportunities, and an abundance of recreational and leisure activities. The city has a well-developed manufacturing base that includes a 200-acre industrial park that has been divided into five- to 40-acre lots with paved streets, sewer and water, and broad-band connections.
Originally called Palmer’s Creek, in the spring of 1874 Granite Falls was chosen to be the county seat, and the first courthouse—containing a court room and three small offices—was completed on the site of what is now the Granite Falls jail. In 1888, this original courthouse building was replaced with a two-story stone structure that is still in use today. Granite Falls holds special prominence for being the home of legislator and lawyer Andrew John Volstead who, as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives, initiated the legislation in 1920 that enforced the National Prohibition Act of 1919. Now listed as a national landmark, Volstead’s home is the headquarters of the Granite Falls Historical Society.