Shevlin, Minnesota

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Shevlin is a city in Clearwater County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 160 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 160 people, 69 households, and 40 families residing in the city. The population density was 201.1 people per square mile (77.2/km²). There were 76 housing units at an average density of 95.5/sq mi (36.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.25% White, 0.62% Native American, and 3.12% from two or more races.

There were 69 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 119.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,000, and the median income for a family was $37,813. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,015. About 6.7% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under the age of eighteen and 8.3% of those sixty five or over.


Shevlin was founded as a logging camp in the late 19th century. The town was named after Thomas H. Shevlin, a prominent businessman from Minneapolis. Shevlin resides in Clearwater County which seceded from Beltrami County. Shortly after Shevlin made a bid to be the county seat for the new county but the town’s folk were defeated in the general election and the county seat went Bagley. Boasting a robust economy the streets of Shevlin were lined with shops, blacksmiths, saloons, hotels, casinos, brothels, and livery stables, a fire claimed most of these buildings in 1904 and again in 1911. Other businesses have made Shevlin their base of operations as well. They include Shevlin cooperative creamery, the locker plant, a saw mill, The co-op oil station, a box factory, several general, hardware and drug stores, three saloons a couple of restaurants, a newspaper, a millinery, barbershop, and doctors offices. Wayne Wilde along with his brothers Jim, Danny and Virgil joined together to form Wilde Construction in 1972. Wilde construction buried television cable and later branched into fiber optics. Wilde Construction was sold in 1997 to Mastec North America a Miami based telecommunications company traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

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