Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.

In 1915 the City of Mendota felt it needed somewhere to locally hold criminals and constructed a two cell jail. The jail is no longer used by law enforcement.

However, the Mendota Jail is opened to the public one day each year by the Mendota/West St. Paul Chapter of the Dakota County Historical Society during the Mendota Days festival in July.

Visit one of these Dakota County Historic Sites