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Beginnings of Hammond
In 1856 Joe Hammons settles near the southernmost bend in the Zumbro River, Wabasha County Minnesota. The valley and most of the land comprising Hammond came into his possession. He built a house of logs, and moved his family in and opened a store. Grading on the railroad started on 1877 and was opened for traffic in 1878. At this time buildings started in earnest in Hammond. Hammond at one time boasted 3 grocery stores, 2 hardware stores, a creamery, 2 blacksmiths, 2 harness makers, 2 hotels (known as the Hammond House and the West Hotel), 3 salons, a doctor, a dentist, a milliner shop, 2 barbers, a watchmaker, a sawmill, a post office, a lumber yard, a railroad station, 2 ice cream parlors, an opera house, a movie theater, a standard oil bulk station, a two room elementary school, and a wagon maker.
This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Hammond and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.
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