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The city of Jasper, Minnesota is mostly in Pipestone County, with a small portion extending into Rock County, in the southwestern corner of the state. The community was platted on land owned by Joseph Warren Drew in 1888, and named for the nearby deposits of jasper, which served as the town’s chief industry, and many of its historic buildings are made of it. The Great Northern Railway opened a station there, and large quantities of jasper cobblestones were shipped out to market. However, its demand waned with it was learned that the stones became polished with wear, causing slippery surfaces, particularly for horses. With the onset of World War I, demand was renewed, as jasper served as a replacement for German silex as a grinding stone for mineral dressing, and it was also used to replace iron and steel as a lining material in the ore mills, and for other uses. The Jasper Stone Company is still in operation, although it is now known as L.G. Everest Dimensional Stone. A post office was opened in Jasper in 1888, and Jasper was incorporated as a village in 1889. Minnesota Highways 23 and 269 are the chief routes through the city. Nearby communities include Hardwick, Ihlen Pipestone and Trosky in Minnesota, and Garretson, Sherman and Trent in South Dakota. Sioux Falls, South Dakota is about thirty-five miles southwest of Jasper.

 

 

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