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Mabel, MN


Sun, Jan 7th, 2001
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Mabel, Minnesota is snuggled in the southeast corner of Fillmore County; 60 miles SE of Rochester, 120 miles south of the Twin Cities; 40 miles SW of LaCrosse, Wisconsin or just 20 miles north of Decorah, Iowa.

Frank Adams was the chief construction engineer of the Narrow Gauge Railroad that built the first railroad through Mabel. Frank Adams platted the Village of Mabel in the fall of 1879, naming it Mabel in honor of his little daughter.

The Steam Engine Park is located on the south edge of Mabel. The park is open to the public and provides picnic shelters for family get-togethers, new playground equipment, horseshoe pits and one of the best ball diamonds in the area.

The second annual 50's & 60's Days was held in August this year. Classic cars lined main street for all to view on Saturday afternoon. Businesses had items marked for the sidewalk sales and there were city-wide rummage sales. Be sure to meet your friends in Mabel for a walk down memory lane.

You'll enjoy one of the biggest events in the area when you come to Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Day's. The annual celebration is held in the park the first weekend after Labor Day. It features threshing machines powered by steam engines; two gigantic parades that start with the old steam engines sounding their whistles down main street; arts and crafts; an antique show; a quilt show and many other exciting activities. Every year a carnival sets up on the park grounds for the 'big' kids. Stage shows are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoons and also for Sunday evening. The weekend winds down with drawings held by various community organizations. The grand prize is a new pick-up and all gather to hear if they are the lucky winner. Be sure to plan on joining the city of Mabel for this fun-packed weekend.

Visit the Steam Engine Museum in the Steam Engine Park open Memorial Day through Labor Day by appointment. All the machines that are demonstrated during the Steam Engine Days Celebration are displayed in the museum. These fascinating steam engines and other old machines amaze people of all ages.

Mabel boasts a thriving business community which includes a bank, feed elevator, farm store, furniture store, grocery store, hardware store, drug store, medical clinic, floral shop, quilt shop, antique store, massage therapist, restaurants and other various businesses. Several business places sell Mabel T-shirts, sweatshirts and totes. Each year a new, limited-edition, uniquely designed mug of high collectability is featured with steam engine logo and is for sale at various stores and shops in Mabel.

While in Mabel be sure to visit the recently remodeled Historic Mabel House Hotel. It was built in 1879 and has been serving guests ever since.

Mabel offers a nine-hole public golf course known as the Meadowbrook Country Club located one mile east of town on Highway #44. True to its name, the course spreads over a lush green meadow with a rustling brook running through the length of the course.

A few of the familiar sights around Mabel include:

Three churches - all on Newburg Avenue
Lovely, well-kept homes, ideal for families and senior citizens
New elementary school
Public library
Two parks with playgrounds and picnic areas
Trout streams - best fishing in the area at Sportman's Park
Hunting - deer, wild turkeys, and other small game
Amish buggies traveling to town
Supersaw Valley Campground - swimming pool, miniature golf, game room - 507-8-5880
Hanson Farm at Choice - 12 miles north on Highway 43 - August shed dance, community picnic
Bluebird Farm north of Mabel

Come...visit our pretty little town where the people are friendly and the smiles are genuine. If you'd like more information about Mabel, call the City Clerk's office at 507-3-5299.

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