Ghost Towns

Commemorating Ghost Towns

A post office was once the heart of a community. Throughout the years, sixty-five post offices have existed in Goodhue County. Some have faded from popular memory. Others are still holding on as small communities. Whether or not the railroad came through town was sometimes the determining factor in the town’s survival. Rural free delivery closed a number of post offices. Many are still alive in memories, stories, and photographs.

These “ghost towns” of Goodhue County played an important role in shaping this region. In order to preserve their history and to recognize their historical contribution, the Society has installed historical interest signs at the location of each of these former or currently existing post office sites.

  • Aspelund
  • Aurland
  • Ayr
  • Bakko
  • Barr
  • Bellechester
  • Belle Creek
  • Belvidere
  • Belvidere Mills
  • Black Oak
  • Bombay
  • Burley
  • Burr Oak Springs
  • Cannon Junction
  • CannonValley
  • Cascade
  • Central Point
  • Claybank
  • Crystal Springs
  • Eagle Mills
  • Eggleston
  • Eidsvold
  • Elmira
  • Fagen
  • Fairpoint
  • Featherstone
  • Finney
  • Finseth Station
  • Florence
  • Forest Mills
  • Goodhue Centre
  • Hader
  • Harlis
  • Hay Creek
  • Holden
  • Lena
  • Miami
  • Minneola
  • Nansen
  • Norway
  • Old Stanton
  • Old Wanamingo
  • Oxford Mills
  • Poplar Grove
  • Rest Island
  • Roscoe
  • Roscoe Centre
  • Ryan
  • Sevastopol
  • Skyberg
  • Sogn
  • Spencer
  • Spring Creek
  • Stanton
  • Sunapee
  • Thoten
  • Troy
  • Vasa
  • Wacouta
  • Wangs
  • Wastedo
  • White Rock
  • White Willow (Rice)

We hope you will drive around the county and take notice of these signs. If you would like further information about this project or directions to find any of the signs, please call the Goodhue County Historical Society at 651-388-6024 or e-mail:

You might also be interested in Roy W. Meyer’s book, Ghost Towns & Discontinued Post offices of Goodhue County.

Be sure to visit Historic Places of Goodhue County; an interactive map by the Goodhue County GIS Department.

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