General Info

In 1844, a fur trader, Henry M. Rice arrived to the Rice County area and traveled with Alexander Faribault. Rice was elected as a senator in 1857 and the county was named in his honor. School districts were organized that same year and the construction of a courthouse followed in 1874 with Faribault as the county seat. Settlers were attracted to the rich farmland and ample water power from nearby rivers and streams. As the railroad arrived, communities began to grow where rail stations once stood. In 1931 a fire destroyed the original courthouse, but was soon rebuilt with the assistance of the Supreme Court. Today Rice County is home to approximately 62,390 residents.