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This is a guide to the small city of Wykoff, in Fillmore County, in southeastern Minnesota.

Incorporated in 1876, Wykoff's population has generally wavered between 400 and 500, its peak being in 1940, when it had a population of 521. In the past few decades, the city has experienced slight losses each census year.

Wykoff is surrounded by Fillmore Township. The main routes through the city are Minnesota State Highway 80 (South Gold Street, Front Street East), and County Roads 5 (Line Street, North Gold Street) and 117 (240th Street). Wykoff's Main Street runs parallel and to the east of Gold Street, running through the center of town. State Highway 16 is south of the city. Nearby cities include Fountain (7.5 miles northeast), Spring Valley (7.6 miles west), Ostrander (14.7 miles southwest), and Preston (11.7 miles southeast).

Fillmore Township was sparsely settled in the early 1850s, and organized in 1858, taking its name from the county. A post office was established at the current site of Wykoff in 1858, although it was originally named Free Soil Prairie. The village was platted in 1871, when the railroad depot was built, at which time its name was changed to Wykoff, for Cyrus G. Wykoff, the surveyor for the Chicago, Milwaukee & Saint Paul railroad, and one of the town's proprietors.

Early settlers included F.H. Barlett, who is considered to have been the first permanent settler, as well as A. Clifford, H.W. Holley, M.J. Barrett, Fred Wendorf, A. Drew, L.G. Kilborn, and W.G. Banks.

Within the first decade of the 20th century, Wykoff had two banks, two blacksmith shops, a clothier, a creamery, a drug store, five elevators, a flour mill, a furniture store, five general stores, two hardware stores, a harness shop, two implement dealerships, a jewelry store, a livery barn, a meat market, a newspaper, a restaurant and grocery store combined, two saloons, and two woodworking shops, as well as four churches, a public school, a Lutheran school, a business men's association, street lights, and waterworks.

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