— The City of Glencoe was founded on May 16th, 1855 by a group of explorers and investors.

— Glencoe is the county seat for McLeod County. It is located on Highways 212 and 22.

— Buffalo Creek flows past Glencoe, and Lake Marion is only 7 miles to the west.

— Glencoe is named after a county in Scotland. “Glen” means valley, “Coe” means small or little.

— The founders of Glencoe were: Colonel John Stevens, Martin McLeod, AJ Bell, DW Fields, James Mayall, JV McKeen, John Johnson, and WS Chapman.

— Glencoe was the last town on the edge of the big woods before the prairie started.

— In 1895, wealthy businessman JJ Brechet promised his fiancé a castle if she moved to Glencoe. Today the castle is one of the only remaining original homes of Glencoe.

— Some famous people from Glencoe: Joanne Benson, who served as Lieutenant Governor for Arne Carlson, and Gina Lorence-Konin, who was the head trainer for the US Women’s Basketball Team in the 1996 Olympics.

— Glencoe celebrated its Sesquicentennial, or 150th Anniversary, in 2005.

GLENCOE DAY — Festivals & Events

— Glencoe’s annual summer festival is “Glencoe Days” and is held in June. Glencoe Days features sweet corn and pork chop feeds, bingo, a parade, a carnival, and plenty of other fun activities.

— Always fun for the kids, the day before Easter every year Glencoe has an Easter Egg Hunt.

— Glencoe celebrates its farming heritage in June with Dairy Day.

— The 3rd week of October in Glencoe is Manufacturing and Technology Week.

— In November, Glencoe area businesses hold a special Customer Appreciation event, where great deals are offered at businesses throughout town.

— In the month of December, Glencoe has a variety of Christmas events to make the holidays more special.

— A Business Expo is held every February in Glencoe. The 2-day event features around 50 different businesses and organizations from around the Glencoe area.

— The City of Glencoe holds its annual “Holly Days” festivities in early December. The week-long festivities include one of the region’s largest lighted Christmas parades. There are also numerous kids activities, a Christmas Jubilee with Santa and his reindeer, guided tours of Glencoe’s holiday lights, a snow sculpture contest, a live nativity, and more.


–Randy Wilson is the Glencoe Mayor

–The Chief of Police is Jim Raiter and the Fire Chief is C. Schiedt. The Glencoe Fire Department started in 1895 as a volunteer department. It remains a volunteer organization with three engine companies made up of forty firefighters responding to over 117 calls a year. The department is proud of its high level of service and maintains an ISO rating of 3. The fire station, completed in 1967, is located at 509 10th St. E. Hanging prominently from the front of the Fire Station is the 400 lb. bronze bell used at the fire station in the late eighteen-hundreds.

–The town was the subject of the French film director Louis Malle’s 1985 documentary God’s Country. Numerous townspeople were interviewed by Malle, including dairy farmer and banker Clayton Hoese and his sons

— The Glencoe City Center was completed in 2010. The nearly 4 million dollar project involved converting the former Henry Hill School building into a multi-use facility that includes a new library, city offices, chamber of commerce offices, a senior center, the event center, along with a class reunion and wedding center.

— The Glencoe and Silver Lake School Districts merged in 1996 to form the GSL Panthers.

— Glencoe’s businesses include: Telex, a maker of audio equipment; Seneca Foods, the world’s largest corn packing plant; Starkey Laboratories, a maker of hearing aids; Alliance Nutrition, a feed maker; and Miller Manufacturing, a maker of farm, ranch, and pet products.

–Glencoe’s KNUJ Farm Families include Virgil and Vera Belter (1989), Ken and Joyce Schiroo (2000), and Dan and Marsha Belter (2005).

–The Glencoe Silver Lake Homecoming King and Queen in 2018 were Queen Rhyan Herrmann and King Adam Garoutte.

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