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Roosevelt Hall in Barrett
Roosevelt Hall in Barrett
"The Little Town With Big Dreams"
Location of Barrett, Minnesota
Location of Barrett, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Grant
 • Total 2.11 sq mi (5.46 km2)
 • Land 2.09 sq mi (5.40 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
1,168 ft (356 m)
 • Total 415
 • Estimate 
 • Density 195.02/sq mi (75.31/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-03682
GNIS feature ID 0639644

Barrett is a city in Grant County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 415 at the 2010 census.


Barrett was platted in 1887. The community was named for General Theodore H. Barrett. A post office has been in operation at Barrett since 1887. Barrett was incorporated as a city in 1889.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.11 square miles (5.46 km2), of which 2.09 square miles (5.41 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.

The town of Barrett wraps around the southwest side of Barrett Lake, which is formed by the Pomme de Terre River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 237
1910 278 17.3%
1920 358 28.8%
1930 368 2.8%
1940 384 4.3%
1950 402 4.7%
1960 345 −14.2%
1970 342 −0.9%
1980 388 13.5%
1990 350 −9.8%
2000 355 1.4%
2010 415 16.9%
2019 (est.) 407 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 415 people, 161 households, and 89 families residing in the city. The population density was 198.6 inhabitants per square mile (76.7/km2). There were 195 housing units at an average density of 93.3 per square mile (36.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 161 households, of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.7% were non-families. 39.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 40.5 years. 24.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.9% were from 25 to 44; 18.6% were from 45 to 64; and 29.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

The “Annual Old Settlers Reunion” is an annual event held every year the weekend nearest to June 24. The event includes dinners, dances, parades, classic cars, ball games, and contests of all kinds, including a firefighters challenge.

Museums and other points of interest

Barrett is the home of Prairie Wind Players community theatre. Founded in 1979, PWP has produced over 80 plays, drawing in artists and patrons from miles around. The Prairie Wind Player's 1993 production of Jesus Christ Superstar made national headline's for its innovative casting (nearly all characters were portrayed by women, including Jesus).

Barrett is also the headquarters for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, which tours Minnesota and Wisconsin throughout the year bringing a professional theatrical experience to the youth of each community in just one week.

Roosevelt Hall was constructed by local carpenters and other workers hired under federal Civil Works Administration. Roosevelt Hall has been the location of Barrett's community center and public school gymnasium, 1934–53; a bowling alley, 1957–71; a youth center, 1973–74; an insulation manufacturing plant (1977–79). It is now owned and used by the Prairie Wind Players and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

"Farm & Home Oil" has recently replaced Carroll's General Store as only store and gas station in town. Barrett has a single restaurant and bar, The Barrett Inn and The Barrett Inn II and 1/2.

A common joke among those familiar with Barrett is that it is actually the center of the universe. Barrett folks like to say that everyone "Comes from, comes to, or knows someone from Barrett."

Parks and recreation

The Lakeside Pavilion is one of the few surviving lakeside facilities of its kind in Minnesota. The community of Barrett has worked to restore and renovate the Pavilion. It remains a popular place for dances and community events. The Pavilion available for rental May 1 through September 30.

The Barrett Lake Resort and Campground features a sandy beach and swimming area, game fishing, cabins and campsites and a general store.

The "Elbow Lake" Runestone

In August 1949, the nearest local newspaper to Barrett, the Elbow Lake Herald, reported that, five years earlier, farmer Victor Setterlund had found on his land, near Barrett Lake, a heart-shaped stone weighing about 75 lbs (34 kg), bearing a runic inscription. Translated, the runic message was "[Year ????]. Four maidens camped on this hill." Hjalmar Holand, principal promoter of the Kensington Runestone (not far to the south-east of Barrett in 1898) interpreted the year symbols as 1362, the same as the Kensington stone. Debunker Johan Holvik thought they should be read as 1776. The two experts agreed that the stone seemed to be a hoax. When Holvik revisited the area and asked Setterlund what the year symbols were meant to represent, the farmer confessed that he had carved the stone himself, using a list of runes in a textbook, and intended the date 1876, adding "It sure doesn't take much to put some people on if they want to believe you bad enough."


Barrett is part of the West Central Area School District, which also includes the communities of Elbow Lake, Hoffman, Kensington, and Wendell. The West Central Area secondary school (grades 5-12) is located in Barrett, while elementary facilities are located in Elbow Lake and Kensington. Barrett was chosen as the location for the secondary facility as it is centrally located in the school district. The facility opened in the fall of 1995.


Major highways

  • US 59.svg U.S. Route 59
  • MN-27.svg Minnesota State Highway 27 (Approximately five miles south of city limits)
  • MN-55.svg Minnesota State Highway 55
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