Named in honor of President U.S. Grant, the county was created in 1873 during Grant's first term. The first known settlers were Mireau and Roberts in 1865, fur traders and farmers who settled near the present Big Stone Lake.
The first post office was established in Inkpa City and was later combined with Geneva and Big Stone City to form present Big Stone City. A Big Stone City landmark is Chautauqua Park, an early day meeting place and resort. Between Albee and Revillo is the Old River Crossing, a place where the wagon trail crossed the Yellowbank River.
Mount Tom or Big Tom in Alban Township is a large hill, which served as a landmark. Legend claims an Indian named Tom is buried there.
Big Stone County Museum is the home of many historical treasures. The Muskegon-Golden Bantam boat, which once traveled the waters of Big Stone Lake, is on display.
You’ll also want to visit the Charles Hanson North American Wildlife Collection displayed inside the former Artichoke Lake General Store. Developed by local farmer/explorer Charles Hanson, the collection features 500+ waterfowl from across the Americas and the world.
Another place of interest is the Granite Quarries. It is one of 3 leading granite-mining areas in the United States. The quarries produce beautiful red granite, known worldwide as mahogany granite.
Big Stone Lake is the area's biggest attraction with a total surface area of 12,610 acres. The lake separates the states of Minnesota and South Dakota.
Great walleye fishing and recreational activities abound here. Public accesses, resorts, campgrounds and 2 state parks are available. The upper reaches of the Minnesota River in west central Minnesota are a refuge for wildlife and are fascinating to people interested in wildlife oriented recreation. Located 2 miles southeast of Ortonville near the Minnesota-South Dakota border, Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge offers numerous recreational opportunities.
The area's parks and other local attractions offer swimming, golfing, boating, birding, fishing, cross-country skiing and wildlife exploration. The Big Stone Lake Area provides a wide array of family activities and year-round entertainment.