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The city of Lismore is situated on the western slope of the Buffalo Ridge in Nobles County, in southwestern Minnesota. The chief routes through the city are Minnesota Highway 91 and County Roads 16 and 19. The city of Kenneth is west, Wilmont is east, and Adrian is south of Lismore. Other nearby communities include Edgerton, Hardwick, Leota, Luverne, Magnolia, Pfingsten, Reading, Rushmore, and St. Kilian. Sioux Falls, South Dakota is about fifty miles southwest. Lismore is the youngest of Nobles County’s incorporated cities. Founded around 1900 as a stop along the Burlington Railroad, which later became the Rock Island Railroad, the village was named for the surrounding township, which itself had been named for a village in Ireland. The first business in town was the St. Croix Lumber Company, which initially operated from a tent. The first building was a saloon built by James Beacom, and the second was a store built by O.B. Bratager. Later that year, a grain elevator was constructed by James Montgomery, James Ramage opened a lumber yard and hardware store, and the Bank of Lismore opened in September of 1900. The city’s population has remained small throughout the year, decreasing each census year since 1980, with a peak population of 350 in 1920 and its low point being 227 in 2010.

 

 

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