Rice (population in 2010 = 1,275) Rice is another community along the Great River Road (US 10) that is not directly on the Mississippi River. There was a small community in the open prairie here in the 1850s called Langola, but the area has also been known as Sand Prairie because of the sandy soil. […]
Royalton (2010 population = 1,242) A small community along the Great River Road but not directly on the Mississippi River, Royalton was probably founded in the 1850s by the Reverend Rudolphus Kinney, a missionary from Royalton, Vermont who came to the area to convert Native Americans to Christianity. Father Pierz (see Belle Prairie) founded Holy […]
The little village of Belle Prairie began as a settlement of French Canadian traders; throughout the 19th century the dominant language and culture of residents was French. Martin Bisson was probably the first to live here. He was engaged in the fur trade as a young adult, then married Margaret Beaulieu and settled on a […]
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