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Kasota, Minnesota
Location of Kasota, Minnesota
Location of Kasota, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Le Sueur
 • Type Mayor - Council
 • Total 1.26 sq mi (3.25 km2)
 • Land 1.22 sq mi (3.15 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
807 ft (246 m)
 • Total 675
 • Estimate 
 • Density 553.09/sq mi (213.47/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-32462
GNIS feature ID 0646046

Kasota is a city within the larger Kasota Township, Le Sueur County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 675 at the 2010 census.


Kasota is about halfway between the cities of Mankato and St. Peter on the eastern side of the Minnesota River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land. The city center is about two miles north of the Kasota Prairie, designated as a Scientific and Natural Area by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Minnesota State Highway 22 serves as a main route in the community. U.S. Route 169 is nearby, on the western side of the Minnesota River.


Kasota was platted in 1855. Kasota is a name derived from the Dakota language meaning "cleared off".

On July 1, 1892, the Sontag Brothers, John Sontag and George Contant, and their partner in crime, Chris Evans, tried to rob a train between St. Peter and Kasota along the Minnesota River. The bandits acquired nothing of value during this holdup, but their activities came under the review of Pinkerton detectives and both were apprehended in June 1893. year.

The stone industry

The Kasota Village Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Babcock also was the first to begin quarrying Kasota limestone in and around the city of Kasota. The Babcock Company was the chief stone company throughout the early history of the city, and according to the Kasota Historical Society the relationship between the stone company and the city was less than spectacular. At one point the Babcock Company decided to blast within the city limits. This led to the creation of the park on County Road 21 in the town center, after the company was forced to fill in the quarry near the homes of city residents.

During the 1880s, the stone industry experienced an unexpected boom. It was during this time that C.W. Babcock took over the business from his father. He began applying modern quarrying methods, and in 1889 he formed a partnership with Tyrrell Swan Willcox, an immigrant from Rugby, England, who was instrumental in promoting the use of polished Kasota Stone for interior and exterior residential use. Much of the industry's boom was caused by the expansion of the railroads westward, requiring large quantities of stone for trestles and culverts.

In the early 1980s, the Babcock Company went bankrupt. The Vetter Stone Company subsequently bought the Babcock quarries, further expanding the business, which currently operates just outside the Mankato city limits. The Vetters were former employees of the Babcock Company who left to start their own company in the 1950s. The former location of the Babcock Company plant in Kasota is now occupied by Door Engineering, a company manufacturing industrial doors. Currently much of the former Kasota quarry is occupied by Unimin Corporation, who mine silica sand for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").

Kasota stone was selected as the primary stone in the building of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. as well as the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN


Kasota (Dakota for "a cleared place") was the name of a wooden Great Lakes iron ore steamer, built in 1884. The Kasota sank after colliding with the passenger steamer The City of Detroit on the Detroit River on July 18, 1890. The Kasota was salvaged and rebuilt in 1892 but sank again after springing a leak during a storm off Grand Marais, Michigan, on September 19, 1903.

The USS Kasota was a naval tugboat, launched in 1944 and struck from the Navy list in 1961. It is believed that the Kasota (also known as the "Mighty Deuces") was the last wooden hull tug in the Navy at the time.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 156
1890 655 319.9%
1900 764 16.6%
1910 700 −8.4%
1920 686 −2.0%
1930 593 −13.6%
1940 604 1.9%
1950 600 −0.7%
1960 649 8.2%
1970 732 12.8%
1980 739 1.0%
1990 655 −11.4%
2000 680 3.8%
2010 675 −0.7%
2019 (est.) 672 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate
Kasota damage
Damage from the 2006 Dakota–Minnesota tornado outbreak in Kasota

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 675 people, 293 households, and 175 families residing in the city. The population density was 675.0 inhabitants per square mile (260.6/km2). There were 305 housing units at an average density of 305.0 per square mile (117.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 1.2% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 293 households, of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.3% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29% were from 25 to 44; 30.6% were from 45 to 64; and 10.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

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