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Founded in 1854, Mantorville is one of the oldest cities in Minnesota, and the county seat of Dodge County. The city is situated along the South Branch of the Middle Fork of the Zumbro River, within the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest. Minnesota Highway 57 is the chief route through the city. Mantorville shares a school district with Kasson, to the south. Wasioja is west of Mantorville, and Dodge Center is southwest. In 1854, Eli Waterman, and Peter and Riley Mantor, who came from Pennsylvania, established claims on land that would later become Mantorville, named for the Mantors. Later, Frank Mantor, a brother, joined them in Mantorville, along with some others, including E.P. Waterman, James Wilson, William Cunningham, J.M. Sumner, William Fowler, H.O. Parmeter, S.G. Irish, and M.B. Dolson. The first hotel in the county was built by John R. Hubbell at Mantorville in 1856. Mantorville has been the county seat since the first county board meeting in 1855, and was once one of the larger cities in Minnesota but, unable to retain railroad service, it remained an inland village. Its chief industry has traditionally been agriculture, primarily wheat, corn, oats, barley, and potatoes. Mantorville limestone was also in great demand as a building material, as it was said to be soft and easily carved, but became harder as it was exposed to the elements. The Hubbell House and the Dodge County Courthouse were made of Mantorville stone.


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