General Info

Wabasha County is named in honor of the Sioux Indian Chief Wapasha. It was established on October 27, 1849.  Settlers were attracted to the location on the Mississippi River and the fertile land for agriculture.  Populations increased as steamboat traffic and railroads were erected that connected the area from Illinois to St. Paul, Minnesota.  By 1900 Wabasha County had an approximate population of 18,924 residents. Wabasha County is full of history, the city of Wabasha has over 50 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The city of Wabasha is also considered the oldest city on the upper Mississippi River. Wabasha County is home to the National Eagle Center.  Tourists are attracted to the area because of the large amount of American bald eagles that flock there towards the end of winter every year. Today Wabasha County has a population of approximately 21,813 residents.