Babbitt, Minnesota

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Babbitt is a city in St. Louis County, Minnesota, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 1,670.

County Highway 21 serves as a main arterial route in the community.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 106.7 square miles (276.4 km²), of which, 105.7 square miles (273.6 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.7 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.99% water.

History

The city grew out of the formation of a taconite mine built by the Armco and Republic Steel starting in 1944[3]. The company town was built near the eastern edge of the Mesabi Iron Range. The city of Silver Bay was built simultaneously along Lake Superior (60 miles to the southeast), and connected by train, for transportation of iron ore to cities along the Great Lakes.

Notes

Babbitt is surrounded by the Superior National Forest and often has wild animals like deer and wolves within the city limits. In the summer black bears are often sighted.

Babbitt enjoys being the hometown to a few celebrities both local (Dale Kasten) and national (Buzz Schneider). Schneider's claim to fame was being on the 1976 Olympic hockey team and the 1980 Olympic gold medal hockey team. He scored the first goal against the Russians in possibly the most renowned game of hockey ever played; the semi-finals of the 1980 Olympics (Miracle on Ice). Home of Kent Thostenson who was rated in the All Time Top 10 baseball players in Minnesota High School State history.

2006 saw the closing of Kasson Pool Table Company leaving Babbitt with many fewer jobs. The city of Babbitt was left with the buildings due to the default of loans given to the company.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,670 people, 735 households, and 530 families residing in the city. The population density was 15.8 people per square mile (6.1/km²). There were 801 housing units at an average density of 7.6/sq mi (2.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.86% White, 0.12% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.12% Asian, and 0.60% from two or more races. 20.0% were of German, 16.6% Norwegian, 15.1% Finnish, 6.8% Swedish, 5.8% English and 5.2% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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