Built in 1883, the Fairfax Depot originally served the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad. The building is listed on the National Record of Historic Places. It now houses relics and articles of homes and businesses in the Fairfax area and serves as our local museum. The Depot is open during community celebrations, on Sundays, 2-4pm from June through August, or by appointment. Free will donations are welcome. Pottery and other nice gift items are for sale at the Depot. Please be sure to sign the guest book when you visit.
It will also be a main rest stop for our new non-motorized recreation trail that is be completed in 2004 called FairRidge Trail.
For more information, write to: Fairfax Depot Museum, P.O. Box 434, Fairfax, MN 55332.
Avenue Of Flags
Our local “Avenue of Flags” is a beautiful display in honor of our deceased local veterans, both VFW and Legion members. They are put out for display on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and additionally when occasion calls for them. It’s a stirring sight to see. The display, along with our memorial to our veterans, is in the same area as the Fairfax Depot.
You can find these interesting sights two blocks south of State Highway 19 in our business district.
Memorial Park is Fairfax’s Field of Dreams – by Steve Palmer One of the best small-town baseball stadium complexes is Fairfax’s Memorial Park.
Built in 1946 and completed in 1948, Fairfax Memorial Park has had many renovations and improvements making it a first-class facility. Memorial Park was selected as Field of the Year in Minnesota by the Baseball Coaches Association in 1996. It was also chosen as a co-host site for the 2000 Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament.
Numerous baseball promotions and events have been held at Memorial Park over the past years including appearances for games by the St. Paul Saints and celebrity autograph nights featuring former Minnesota Twins players.
Memorial Park’s “Field of Dreams” has done much to sustain baseball interest in the area and is indeed the pride of Fairfax.
Gibbon Community Band
The Gibbon Community Band performs Friday evenings in the city park during the month of July at 7pm. They also perform for community events. Refreshments are available at the food stand, provided by the individual community churches. Concerts are free. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and enjoy!
Tour Historic Fort Ridgely and wander through the ruins of this once thriving outpost. Learn about the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862, a major event in Minnesota’s early history. Visit the museum and the cemetery to learn more. For recreation, this park offers plenty. In the summer, play a nine hole golf course, hike or ride the trails on horseback, fish the stocked pond or trout stream, camp (drive-in and walk-in sites are available), or stay overnight in the renovated farmhouse. In the winter, ski, snowmobile, or stay overnight at the chalet.
Mayflower’s 9 hole course is set in the country on 160 acres with lush greens and a variety of tee boxes. Hole 6 is not the highest handicap hole but watch out for the narrowing fairway it may bring up your score! Enjoy a round of golf with refreshments and you may see some wildlife along the creek side.
A scenic bike trail that connects Fort Ridgely State Park with the City of Fairfax.
Public pool located in the Fairfax. Attractions includes: waterslide, two in water basketball hoops, climbing wall and kiddie pool.
Welcome to the City of Fairfax. The mission of the City of Fairfax is to provide a high level of responsible and efficient public services that support the health and well-being of the citizens of Fairfax. We are committed to making sure we have the resources and capability to deliver on our goals and in performance of our mission.
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GFW is recognized as a regional model for community-based education. Site-based teams of parents, students, community members, and staff are charged with decision-making at each school. The K-4 Elementary School is located in Gibbon, the 5-8 Middle School at Fairfax, and the 9-12 High School in Winthrop.
Gibbon is a railroad town, incorporated in 1887. It was named after General John Gibbon, of Civil War fame. First settlers to this area arrived around 1865. By 1900, our city had grown to a population of 545. We now number 810 very respectable citizens and one or two people who are not quite as respectable.
Welcome to the City of Franklin, Minnesota’s Catfish Capital! Franklin is located on State Highway 19 overlooking the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. Franklin hosts its annual Catfish Derby Days the 4th weekend in July. The area businesses and residents are known for their friendliness – visitors are welcome!
The Renville County Historical Society was organized in 1940 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Renville County and its people.