Walker, Minnesota

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Walker is a city in Cass County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,069 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Cass County[3].

Walker is part of the Brainerd Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Minnesota State Highways 34, 200, and 371 are three of the main arterial routes in the city.



Located on the southwest corner of Leech Lake, the third largest lake in Minnesota. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²), all of it land. Nearby cities and towns include Hackensack, MN, Akeley, MN, Whipholt, Laporte, Bemidji, MN, and Onigum, one of eleven communities that make up the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.


Walker is home to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School, and Immanuel Lutheran School.


Patrick McGarry founded Walker in 1896 following the arrival of the railroad to the area. The settlement was strategically named after logging giant Thomas B. Walker, in hopes of luring construction of a sawmill. Thomas B. Walker instead chose to found and set up operations nearby in Akeley, Minnesota, because of his wife's moral objection to the bars and brothels in Walker. Walker nonetheless developed under the business of four other logging companies and a stimulated tourism industry.

In 1907, Walker became the home of Ah-Gwa-Ching, at first a residential facility for TB patients, then later a state nursing home.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,069 people, 449 households, and 258 families residing in the city. The population density was 734.3 people per square mile (282.7/km²). There were 517 housing units at an average density of 355.1/sq mi (136.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.59% White, 0.09% African American, 8.98% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

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