Bigelow, Minnesota

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Bigelow, Minnesota
City
Location of Bigelow, Minnesota
Location of Bigelow, Minnesota
Coordinates: 43°30′15″N 95°41′24″W / 43.50417°N 95.69000°W / 43.50417; -95.69000
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Nobles
Government
 • Type Mayor - Council
 • Mayor Bryan Brandt
Area[1]
 • Total 0.40 sq mi (1.04 km2)
 • Land 0.40 sq mi (1.04 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,644 ft (501 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 235
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 236
 • Density 587.5/sq mi (226.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 56117
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-05644[4]
GNIS feature ID 0640150[5]

Bigelow is a city in Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 235 at the 2010 census.[6]

Geography[edit]

Topographic map of Bigelow, Minnesota
This USGS satellite photo shows Highway 60 as it bypasses Bigelow on its east side
Charles H. Bigelow, namesake of Bigelow, Minnesota, circa 1894

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.40 square miles (1.04 km2), all of it land.[1] The town of Bigelow is located in southcentral Nobles County in section 31 of Bigelow Township. The southern corporate limit of the town is defined by the Iowa border.

Main highways include:

Other important transportation:

History[edit]

Hiawatha pageant, Bigelow school, 1908
Postcard of Main Street, Bigelow, Minnesota, dated 1910
Grain elevator formerly located in Bigelow, MN, now an exhibit in Pioneer Village, Worthington, MN

Beginnings: The town of Bigelow was the third community to come into existence in Nobles County. The first two were Worthington and Brewster. All three towns appeared on the map in 1871, though Bigelow remained nothing more than that - a spot on a map - until the spring of 1872, when the tracks of the St. Paul & Sioux City Railway reached the site of the present-day town. Throughout the summer of 1872, the site was occupied only by a large tent which furnished shelter for the construction crew. A railroad depot was constructed in September 1872, and Mr. S. O. Morse assumed duties as station agent. He went into partnership with a man named Frothingham, and the two established a small grocery store in the depot. This was the only business established in 1872.

Source of name: Even before railroad tracks had reached present-day Bigelow, the town's future name had been decided. It was named after Charles Henry Bigelow. Bigelow was president of the St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company. He was also a director of the St. Paul & Sioux City Railway, and the board decided to flatter him by naming a new town after him. Bigelow Township was also named after Mr. Bigelow. There is no record of Charles Bigelow visiting the town that bears his name, though it is likely he passed through on the railroad that he helped to create.

Incorporation: The townsite was platted and a dedication was made on September 24, 1873. Two new business came to town in 1873. S. D. Tinnes opened a general merchandise store and John DeBoos and John Colvin opened a hardware store. A grain dealer, a lumber yard, and a coal business were established in 1874. A school house was also built in that year and began that fall with 24 students. The village grew slowly. The 1880 census gave Bigelow a population of only 28. (One must assume that many of the 24 students enrolled in the Bigelow school resided on farms outside of the village.) Charles L. Davidson, of Hull, Iowa, purchased the townsite on January 25, 1892, and decided to "boom the town", or attract investment and settlers. His efforts apparently paid off, for by 1894, Bigelow claimed 150 residents. A census taken on November 16, 1899, counted 224 residents. On February 13, 1900, an election was held, and by a vote of 37 to 6 it was decided that the time had come for municipal government. The first president of Bigelow was a Mr. W. C. Wyatt.[7]

Bigelow today: According to the 2010 census, Bigelow has a population of 235. Perhaps a half-dozen businesses exist in the town. In recent years, Minnesota State Highway 60, which once passed directly through town, was upgraded to four-lanes, and bypassed Bigelow entirely. Bigelow does not have a public school. Children attend school either in nearby Worthington or in Ellsworth. Minnesota's open-enrollment law gives them this option.

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 235 people, 88 households, and 59 families residing in the city. The population density was 587.5 inhabitants per square mile (226.8/km2). There were 97 housing units at an average density of 242.5 per square mile (93.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.7% White, 0.4% Native American, 11.5% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.0% of the population.

There were 88 households of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.0% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.19.

The median age in the city was 34.5 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 231 people, 87 households, and 62 families residing in the city. The population density was 610.7 people per square mile (234.7/km²). There were 96 housing units at an average density of 253.8 per square mile (97.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.64% White, 0.43% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 6.06% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.36% of the population.

There were 87 households out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 23.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.7% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 111.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,750, and the median income for a family was $38,750. Males had a median income of $30,417 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,227. About 13.2% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 21.9% of those sixty five or over.

Politics[edit]

Bigelow is located in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, represented by Mankato educator Tim Walz, a Democrat. At the state level, Bigelow is located in Senate District 22, represented by Republican Doug Magnus, and in House District 22B, represented by Republican Rod Hamilton.

Local politics[edit]

The mayor of Bigelow is Bryan Brandt. City Council members are Terry Neugebauer, Robert Paplow, Brad Meester, and Ryan Weber.[8] The city of Bigelow and Bigelow Township are represented by Nobles County Commissioner Matt Widboom.

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Coordinates: 43°30′19″N 95°41′24″W / 43.50528°N 95.69000°W / 43.50528; -95.69000