Carlton, Minnesota

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Carlton is a city in Carlton County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 810 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Carlton County[1].

Minnesota State Highways 45 and 210; and County Roads 1 and 3 are four of the main routes in the community.

The Thomson Reservoir and Dam, and Jay Cooke State Park are nearby; and the Willard Munger Bicycle Trail runs through the city.



In 1870 the Northern Pacific Railroad decided to finish a stretch of track that would link Duluth to St. Paul. Temporary shacks were erected for the workmen at the place that was soon know as "Northern Pacific Junction". In 1881 this settlement was incorporated as "Carlton". It takes its name from State Senator Ruben Carlton.

Carlton Daze

Carlton Daze is the name of the city's celebration that is usually held annually in late July.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), of which, 2.1 square miles (5.3 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (8.85%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 810 people, 306 households, and 179 families residing in the city. The population density was 393.8 people per square mile (151.8/km²). There were 325 housing units at an average density of 158.0/sq mi (60.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.19% White, 3.46% Native American, 0.12% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population. 25.1% were of German, 15.3% Norwegian, 12.4% Finnish, 9.8% Swedish, 6.0% Polish and 5.5% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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