Electricity Comes to Rural Blue Earth County

Hilda A. Parks
Issue Date: 
Fall 2015

While the city of Mankato got electricity in the 1880s, and many communities throughout Blue Earth County between 1912 and 1915 due to the Rapidan Dam, most rural homes did not get electricity until Rural Electrification with the New Deal. This act, passed in 1934 on the National level, did not reach Blue Earth County until 1936. From then to the end of the decade, miles of electrical lines were laid and brought to homes. 

Key Word Search Terms: 
Blue Earth County; Rural Electrification;