Nininger, a small town built quickly in 1856 and abandoned only a few years later, was located twenty-five miles south of St. Paul near present-day Hastings. The story of its rise and fall is typical of many of the boom towns that sprang up in places like Minnesota Territory during the mid-nineteenth century. It shows both the high hopes of the area’s newcomers and the despair they felt when their communities failed.
A view of Sogn and Sogn Valley south of Cannon Falls, shows the small trading point, c.1910. Farmers formed the Sogn Cooperative Dairy Association here, one of the county's most successful cooperatives, in 1899.