Fillmore County, located on the southern border of Minnesota, is the second county west of the Mississippi River. It is located on 865 square miles – 553,082 acres. The county is part of the Driftless Area. This part of Minnesota was ice-free during the last ice age. In its beginning, Fillmore County was a diversified business area. Because of its abundant water resources, sawmills, gristmills, feed mills, and woolen mills flourished. Agriculture was as important then, as it is now. The chief crops raised are corn, soybeans, and alfalfa; the chief livestock--dairy and beef cattle, poultry, and hogs.