MEEKER COUNTY

General Info

Originally home to Indians, Meeker County was established in 1856 and named in honor of Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Bradley B. Meeker. Forest City was originally selected as the county seat and the area began to grow with construction of the railroad. Early industry was dominated by agriculture with residents raising wheat, oats, flax and barley. The county seat was moved to Litchfield in 1869 and by 1900 the population of Meeker County had reached 17,773. After 1920 agriculture began to shift towards dairy production with many residents joining the Land O’Lakes Creamery. It has remained a close-knit community and is now one of Minnesota’s top poultry and dairy producing regions. Today Meeker County is home to approximately 23,154 residents.