A small town in Jackson County

Heron Lake is a city in Jackson County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 698 at the 2010 census. Heron Lake was named in 1870 after a local lake where great blue herons were seen.

Grocery Store

Grocery Store

Heron Lake has a few former gas stations, but this one is still in business.

Heron Lake has a few former gas stations, but this one is still in business.

A gas station that is no longer in business

A gas station that is no longer in business

A mural depicting community foundations with it's current foundation of an agricultural economy in the background

A mural depicting community foundations with it’s current foundation of an agricultural economy in the background

New Vision COOP

New Vision COOP

Heron Lake Feed Mill

Heron Lake Feed Mill

Heron Lake Feed Mill

Heron Lake Feed Mill

More images that show the underpinnings of the agricultural economy. The last being a corn alcohol processing plant.

More images that show the underpinnings of the agricultural economy. The last being a corn alcohol processing plant.

American Legion

Heron Lake is a strongly Catholic community as the next photos depict.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

A very beautiful and unique cemetery.

Local Newspaper

Hotel Whiskey, Open

Hotel Whiskey – Closed

From what I’ve read online there was some drama involved and not everyone was sad to see it go by any means. Maybe it was the type of place my grandfather said didn’t need a front door, but could use two back doors. His meaning was that customers would want to go there, but wouldn’t want to be seen going there.

I have read that this is currently a custom cake shop. I will need to confirm that and will post a followup with new photos.