Tower, Minnesota

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Tower is a city located in St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 502.

State Highway 1, State Highway 169, and State Highway 135 are three of the main arterial routes in the city.

The city was incorporated March 13, 1889,[3] which makes it the oldest city in the Arrowhead region. It owes its establishment to the Soudan Mine and was named after mining financier Charlemagne Tower. Tower is home to the Tower Train Museum; near the museum is McKinley Monument, the first erected in honor of former U.S. President William McKinley shortly after his assassination in 1901.

Tower set the Minnesota record for coldest temperature on February 2, 1996, when the temperature dropped to -60°F (-51°C).

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.1 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 1.0 km² (0.4 sq mi or 12.86%) of it is water. Tower lies near the southern shore of Lake Vermilion.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there are 479 people in the city, organized into 233 households and 137 families. The population density is 176.8 people per square mile (68.2/km²). There are 295 housing units at an average density of 108.9/sq mi (42.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 97.70% White, 1.46% Native American, 0% Asian, 0% African American, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 0.00% from two or more races. 1.88% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.4% were of Finnish, 13.7% Norwegian, 11.1% Swedish, 8.6% German, 6.6% Slovene and 5.8% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.

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