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The city of Nicollet is in Nicollet County, in lower central Minnesota. Situated southeast of Swan Lake, southwest of Middle Lake and Little Lake, and west of Mud Lake, US Route 14 and Minnesota Highways 99 and 111 are the main routes through the city. Nearby localities include Cambria, Courtland, Judson, New Sweden, North Star, Oshawa, and Traverse. Mankato is about fourteen miles southeast, and New Ulm is about sixteen miles west of Nicollet. The city and county were named for Joseph Nicollet, a French explorer who mapped out the area in 1838. The original town of Nicollet was platted in 1857, and a post office was established by that name in 1858. A stagecoach station, hotel, church, blacksmith shop, and a sawmill were there, but the site was abandoned three years later due to foreclosure of bank loans. The current townsite was platted in 1874 as a railroad town, when the Winona & St. Peter Railroad came through nearby, and incorporated as a village in 1881. By 1900, there were more than three hundred people in Nicollet, and passenger trains made frequent stops there. Livestock and grain were shipped from Nicollet by rail until the 1930s when trucking became more common. The railroad eventually died out, and the stockyards were removed, although a grain elevator is still in operation. Although Nicollet remains a small town, its population has increased each census year.



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