Cold Spring: The backbone of the community is its industries, with Cold Spring Granite being foremost. It is the world’s largest supplier of industrial granite. Another longtime industry is the Cold Spring Brewing Company, one of the few remaining independent breweries in the state. There is also a Gold ‘n Plump chicken processing plant shipping chicken to most of the upper Midwest and other places as exotic as China. The Cold Spring Bakery has been in business for over 50 years and is a major landmark in the city.
Once a resting or stopping point on the Red River Oxen Trail used first by priests on the migrating travels, Cold Spring appealed to those same gentlemen who wrote to their homeland describing a land much like their German countryside. The stirring letters brought German settlers with their strong work and religious ethics, and a hearty community was formed.