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Cannon Falls

City of Cannon Falls

Cannon Falls is a city in Goodhue County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,083 at the 2010 census. Located along U.S. Route 52, southeast of the Twin Cities, Cannon Falls is the home of Pachyderm Studio, where many famous musicians have recorded, including Nirvana, which recorded its 1993 album In Utero there.

Cannon Falls is named for the falls along the Cannon River and serves as the western trailhead for the Cannon Valley Trail. Colonel William J. Colvill, a hero of the Battle of Gettysburg, is buried in the Cannon Falls Cemetery. Two American presidents have visited the city. The first, Calvin Coolidge, visited in 1928 to dedicate the memorial erected in honor of Colvill. The second, Barack Obama, held a town hall-style discussion at Hannah’s Bend Park on August 15, 2011, while campaigning for a second term.

The first settler was Edway Stoughton. Charles Parks settled the land that is now Cannon Falls in July 1854. Cannon Falls village proper was laid out by Richard and William Freeborn and platted in 1855 by county surveyor S. A. Hart.The village was incorporated March 10, 1857. A post office was established as Cannon River Falls in 1855, and the name shortened to Cannon Falls in 1889. Cannon Falls was reincorporated as a city in 1905.

An abundance of water power from both the big Cannon River and the Little Cannon River attracted manufacturers and capital investment. The first flouring mill was built by R. C. Knox & Co., in 1857. Other manufacturers, such as a wool mill, a grist mill and a mill producing syrup from amber cane, used power generated from the Little Cannon River starting in 1861.

Parks and Recreation
The City of Cannon Falls has several parks with a variety of offerings from sports facilities, river access, and trails as well as smaller neighborhood parks with a variety of playground equipment and amenities. Parks can be reserved by calling.

East Side Park, Hannah’s Bend and Riverside Park are able to be reserved online. Please note that there is a fee to reserve the park based on the number of guests you are anticipating.

We offer many outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Most popular are river activities such as canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. There is also a 20-mile bike trail that runs from Cannon Falls – Welch – Red Wing MN.


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