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Montgomery, Minnesota is in Le Sueur County, about forty-five miles south of Minneapolis. Minnesota Highway 13 intersects with Lexington Road in Montgomery. Nearby communities include Heidelberg, Le Center, Lexington, Lonsdale, and Wheatland. The closest major city is Faribault, about twenty miles to the southeast. When this area of Minnesota was opened to white settlers in the mid-1800s, it consisted of tree-covered rolling hills, lakes and streams in the middle of a large forest known as “the Big Woods.” The northernmost portion of the city includes waterfront on Lake Pepin. Other nearby lakes include Dietz Lake, Eggert Lake, Rice Lake, and Lake Sanborn. Between 1856 and 1860, Czech, German and Irish families began settling the area. Within twenty years, the number of Czech immigrants coming to the area made the township the largest Czech populated area in Minnesota. The township was named for General Richard Montgomery, an Irishman who led American forces in the 1775 capture of Montreal, then joined with Benedict Arnold in a campaign to capture Quebec. Montgomery was killed during this action. Montgomery Township was organized in 1859, while the village of Montgomery was platted when the railroad reached that point in 1877. Topics related to either the township or the city are appropriate for this category.


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