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Located in southeastern Minnesota, the city of Chatfield straddles the borders of Fillmore County and Olmsted County, its area almost equally split between the two. Founded in 1853 by Andrew Twiford, Chatfield was named for Judge Andrew G. Chatfield, and incorporated in 1857. The city of Chatfield was the original county seat of Fillmore County. During the American Civil War, the Chatfield Guards distinguished themselves as Company A of the 2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. Between 1927 and 1964, George A. Haven built a wall along Old Territorial Road that was constructed from stones from the city’s early schoolhouse, stones from six continents, including Antarctica, England, Hong Kong, Tasmania, and most of the fifty US states, as well as the thighbone of a dinosaur from Montana and a baptismal font from the ruins of a church in Italy. US Highway 52, Minnesota Highways 30 and 74, and Fillmore County Road 2 are the chief routes to and from the city. Nearby communities include Arendahl, Clyde, Cummingsville, Dover, Fillmore, Fountain, Fremont, Hamilton, Marion, Pleasant Grove, Racine, Saratoga, St. Charles, Simpson, Stewartville, Troy, Washington, Whalan, and Wykoff. Rochester is about twenty miles northwest of Chatfield.

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