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The city of Byron is in southeastern Minnesota. Surrounded by Kalmar Township, Byron is in Olmsted County, about five miles west of Rochester along US Highway 14. The community was platted in 1864, and named for Port Byron in New York, for the hometown of S.W. VanDusen, a millionaire who purchased land in anticipation of the building of a rail station, and platted the village. The Winona and St. Peter Railroad built a station just west of what is now known as Byron Avenue in 1865, and was acquired by the Chicago and Northwestern Railway a few years later, operating it until the 1980s when it became the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad. A post office was established in Byron in 1868, and the city was incorporated in 1873. Today, a commuter bus service to Rochester is operated by Rochester City Lines, offering three trips through Byron each day. Other nearby communities include Salem Corners to the south, Kasson to the west, and Mantorville to the west-northwest. Byron is on the edge of the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest.

 

 

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