General Info

Scott County is named in honor of General Winfield Scott and was established in 1853. Originally home to Indians, Scott County was settled in the 1850’s. Farms and communities were quickly founded and the area began to grow. Indian trails and ox cart trails became roads and the Minnesota River provided necessary transportation of goods. Agriculture dominated early industry and wheat became the principal crop. Corn and potato production increased and there was a growing interest in dairy cattle, oxen and swine. In the late 1870’s Scott County was a major flax producer. Flour mills, breweries, creameries, brickyards and specialty shops were established and the area continued to develop. Scott County has grown dramatically from a population of 15,147 in 1900 to now over approximately 131,939 residents.