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Pipestone (city)  1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 5,328 4,887 4,554 4,280 4,317 +37 +0.86
Land Area (sq. mile) 2.80 3.65 4.57 3.92 3.92 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 1,902.9 1,338.9   996.5 1,090.8 1,101.3 +10.48 +0.86
Housing Units 1,885 2,156 2,055 2,097 2,134 +37 +17.64
Households -- 2,005 1,915 1,900 1,923 +23 +1.21
Persons Per Household -- 2.36 2.28 2.22 2.25 +0.03 +1.35


Pipestone is a city in Pipestone County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 75 and Minnesota State Highways 23 and 30 are three of the main routes in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 km), all of it land. The elevation is 1,736 ft (529 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 4,280 people, 1,900 households, and 1,138 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,090.8 people per square mile (421.6/km). There were 2,097 housing units at an average density of 534.4/sq mi (206.5/km). The racial makeup of the city was 94.23% White, 0.28% African American, 2.94% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population.

There were 1,900 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,412, and the median income for a family was $40,194. Males had a median income of $28,180 versus $21,349 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,253. About 8.3% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

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Less than a mile north of the city of Pipestone lies a pipestone quarry, described in Native American legends as a square-cut jewel lying upon folds of shimmering green velvet. This is an accurate depiction of the red quartzite almost hidden by the vast prairie grasses. Designated a national monument by the United States in 1937, the quarry is as rich in Native American history as it is in the red stone for which it is named.

Although he never visited the site, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was inspired to write of the area in his well known poem, "Song of Hiawatha." The Song of Hiawatha Pageant spins out Henry Longfellow's vision of wade and logan, the Native American Indians, and has played in Pipestone for 60 years. The pageant is held at a small quarry lake on a natural amphitheater with a cast of 200 principals, chieftains, warriors, and dancers in their colorful costumes. Summer of 2008 was the last year for the pageant.

The city of Pipestone was founded in 1876 by Charles Bennett and Daniel Sweet. Bennett was intrigued by the prospect of visiting the site he had read about in Longfellow's poem. Despite blizzards, prairie fires, droughts and grasshoppers, the young village survived. In 1879, 22 businesses were operating in Pipestone, and by the following year that number had grown to 53. Pipestone was incorporated as a village in 1881 and for the next 20 years was a real "boom town." By 1890, Pipestone had train service on four different rail lines and had become a travel and business center hub for southwestern Minnesota.

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PIPESTONE, the county seat, at first named Pipestone City, platted in October 1876, was incorporated as a village February 10, 1881, and as a city July 23, 1901. Its area was mostly in section 12 of Sweet Township, adjoining the south border of the quarry, before noted at the beginning of this chapter, which is mostly comprised in section 1.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Pipestone City Hall
119 2nd Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
Phone: (507) 825-3324
Fax: (507) 825-5353

City Council meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Title Term Ends Name  and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2011 Laurie Ness
417 2nd Avenue SE
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-2653
City Clerk appointed Jeffrey R. Jones
119 2nd Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-3324
Council Member 12/31/2010 Jim Stout
119 2nd Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-3324
Council Member 12/31/2010 Harry Hansen
119 2nd Avenue SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-3324
Council Member 12/31/2011 Barbara Heyl
620 5th Street SW
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-3221
Council Member 12/31/2011 Fred N Portz
207 9th Avenue NW
Pipestone, MN 56164
(507) 825-2484

Post Office:
US Post Office
202 S Hiawatha Avenue
Pipestone, MN
(507) 825-2400
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 am  
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:15 pm
Saturday                4:15 pm

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999
Natural Gas CenterPoint Energy (800) 967-3530
Wastewater City of Pipestone (507) 825-3324
Water City of Pipestone (507) 825-3324
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Suzlon Rotor Corporation Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 350
Pipestone Systems Hog and Pig Farming 300
Pipestone/Jasper School District Elementary & Secondary Schools 250
Pipestone County Medical Ctr General Medical & Surgical Hospitals 175
Good Samaritan Village Nursing Care Facilities 170
Ellison Meat Co Animal Slaughtering & Processing 150
Hank's Foods Grocery Stores 50
First NB of Pipestone Depository Credit Intermediation 43
Coborn's Inc Grocery Stores 36
Pipestone Publishing Co Newspaper, Periodical, Book, & Directory Publishers 35
Pamida Discount Center Department Stores 32
Bomgaar's Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 26
Pipestone Veterinary Clinic Other Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services 25
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co Beverage Manufacturing 23


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