GIBBON DAY — History

— The City of Gibbon was founded in the year 1879 by August Peterson.

— Gibbon is located in Sibley County, off Highway 19. It is near Clear Lake and Mud Lake, as well as 8-mile Creek.

— Gibbon was a railroad town and pioneer settlement founded in 1879. It was named after General John Gibbon, who was the Commander of Fort Snelling at the time.

— Like many Minnesota cities, Gibbon is largely composed of the descendants of German and Scandinavian immigrants.

— The Gibbon City Hall was built in 1895 for the then-large sum of $6,170. Brick from Chaska and granite from Morton were used to create the fortress-like appearance. The building is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

— At one time there were as many as seven saloons in Gibbon, four car dealerships, and three grocery stores.

— For almost 60 years, the Gibbon City Hall was the center of life for the community. It hosted everything from traffic court to silent movies. Other events at City Hall included: festivals, graduations, wedding receptions, talent shows, band practices, masquerade balls, city council meetings, basketball games, concerts, medicine shows, and it served as the town jail as well. Eventually, groups built their own centers for their dinners and events, and the school added a gymnasium and auditorium. City Hall’s doors were gradually closed.

— For decades Gibbon had been the sight of one of the most renowned Polka Festivals in the entire country. When Garrison Keillor held his “Prairie Home Companion Show” there, in the late 90’s he announced that the city of Gibbon had more hard maple flooring per capita than any place in the world. The actress Susan Sarandon narrated a public television special that once aired about the ballroom.

— There is an old city ordinance which bans women in taverns after 10pm. It would be an awkward ordinance for the city to enforce, since all three of the taverns in Gibbon have been owned by women at some point.

— The Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Thunderbirds were State Football Champs in 1989.


–The Mayor of Gibbon is Jeff Gatton. The City Council is made up by Dick Gurska, Doug Stark, Greg Olson, and Roger Tabbert.

— The 2018 Gibbon Royalty  was Shylo Hilbert and Jordan Rettig

––The GFW 2018 Homecoming King and Queen were Matt Lavrenz and Madison Hoffmann.

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