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Harkin's General Store is all that remains of West Newton, in Nicollet County, Minnesota, United States. Alexander Harkin opened the store as combination general store and post office in 1867 in the growing town of West Newton.[2] The town fell into decline after four years of locust in southern Minnesota, and the railroad passed by West Newton. The store finally closed its doors in 1901.[2]

Alexander Harkin Store
Harkin's General Store is located in Minnesota
Harkin's General Store
Harkin's General Store is located in the United States
Harkin's General Store
Nearest cityNew Ulm, Minnesota
Coordinates44°23′13″N 94°35′56″W / 44.38694°N 94.59889°W / 44.38694; -94.59889Coordinates: 44°23′13″N 94°35′56″W / 44.38694°N 94.59889°W / 44.38694; -94.59889
NRHP reference #73000989[1]
Added to NRHPJune 04, 1973

Most of the stock was left when the store was closed and abandoned, and remains today as a museum managed by the Nicollet County Historical Society in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society.[3]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "Harkin Store History". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved Sep 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "Harkin Store". Retrieved 2015-05-27.

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Interior of Harkin's General Store