Crosby, Minnesota

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Crosby is a city in Crow Wing County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,299 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area. Crosby is adjacent to its twin city of Ironton. It is one of the cities in the Cuyuna Range.



This was a town that was built for the sole purpose of mining. It was plotted out and planned to make sure that it was not on top of any iron ore. In the 1932 local elections, the voters of Crosby elected Karl Emil Nygard as President of the Village Council and thus became the first city in the United States to have a Communist mayor.

Crosby was the location of the worst mining disaster in Minnesota, the Milford Mine disaster.[3] On February 5, 1924, a new tunnel was blasted too close to nearby Foley Lake, and water rushed in, killing 41 miners.

In August 1957, Dr. David Simons, a 35-year-old Air Force major, climbed to nearly 102,000 feet (31,000 m) above the Earth as part of Project Manhigh. The flight, which was launched from the 400-foot-deep (120 m) Portsmouth Mine Pit Lake in Crosby, helped the country take its fledgling steps into space exploration. Simons returned to Crosby in 2007 to mark the anniversary of the Man High project. [4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.5 km²), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.9 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (16.94%) is water.


Minnesota Highway 6 and Minnesota Highway 210 are two of the main routes in the community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,299 people, 989 households, and 554 families residing in the city. The population density was 755.0 people per square mile (292.0/km²). There were 1,081 housing units at an average density of 355.0/sq mi (137.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.69% White, 0.04% African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population. 23.9% were of German, 14.1% Norwegian, 11.7% Swedish, 9.6% American and 7.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

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