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The area around Lester Prairie was settled in the 1870s, during a time of serious financial depression, followed by years of grasshopper plagues.  Farmers suffered greatly, and a large number of farms were foreclosed.

The town had its beginnings when the Great Northern Railroad built its line in December of 1886.

The City of Lester Prairie was founded in 1886 and named in honor of Mrs. Maria Lester and her family who settled here.  Prairie for the little prairie on which is was situated, surrounded by heavily wooded land. 

Maria, whose maiden name was Adams, was the niece of John Adams, the second president of the United States, and the first cousin of John Qunicy Adams, who was the sixth president of the United States.

The current estimated population is 1734.  If you're looking to build a new home, there are currently a few lots left in our Prairie Ridge or East Park Estates developments.