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Location of Calumet, Minnesota

 Calumet (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population n/a 421 365 383 367 -16 -4.18
Land Area (sq. mile) n/a n/a n/a 1.60 n/a -- --
Density (persons per sq. mile) n/a n/a n/a 240.7 n/a -- --
Housing Units n/a n/a n/a 178 178 0 0
Households n/a 155 151 162 160 -2 -1.23
Persons Per Household n/a 2.72 2.42 2.24 2.29 +0.04 --


Calumet is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota. U.S. Highway 169 serves as a main arterial route in the community. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km˛), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.1 km˛) of it is land and 0.62% is water. The elevation is 1,381 ft (421 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 383 people, 162 households, and 98 families residing in the city. The population density was 93.0/km˛ (240.7/mi˛). There were 178 housing units at an average density of 43.2/km˛ (111.9/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city was 95.04% White, 2.35% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 1.31% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.83% of the population.

There were 162 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,250, and the median income for a family was $35,000. Males had a median income of $24,625 versus $18,958 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,293. About 16.0% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 18.3% of those age 65 or over.

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In 1880 several logging companies were operating near the future site of the village of Calumet. The logging companies, sometimes employing as many as 100 men, brought the first settlers to the Calumet area. Named after the Indian peace pipes, Calumet became a permanent community when the Hill Mine was put into operation. Businesses of all kinds came to Calumet. By 1909 a general store, hardware store, a women's clothing store, blacksmith shop, cigar factory, ice house, livery barn, butcher shop, public sauna and fourteen saloons had opened. Mining has been Calumet's principal economic base since the community was formed. The most important of the Calumet mines was the Hill-Annex Mine, one of the largest state-owned mines in Minnesota. Since the closing of the mine, the state has erected interpretive facilities overlooking the mine for visitor use. Today Calumet still retains much of the flavor of an early mining community and warrants a turn off Highway 169 for a brief step into the history of Minnesota's iron ranges.

Excerpt From: Iron Range Country
A Historical Travelogue of Minnesota's Iron Ranges
Published by: The IRRRB 1979

CALUMET, a city of Greenway Township, bears the French name (from the Latin calamus, a reed) of the ceremonial pipe used by the Indians in making treaties or other solemn engagements. Assent was expressed by smoking the calumet, which, from treaties preventing or terminating wars, was often called the peace pipe. The city began as a logging site in the 1880s, but its chief source of employment was the Hill Annex Mine; 480 acres were platted by the Powers Improvement Company, selling lots beginning in 1908. The Duluth, Missabe and Northern Railway built a line through in 1906; the post office was established in 1908; it was incorporated as a village on May 21, 1909.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Business Street, Calumet Minnesota, 1910
Business Street, Calumet Minnesota, 1910
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Calumet City Hall
932 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-7542

Mon & Thurs: 8 am - 4 pm
Tuesday 11 am - 5 pm

Calumet City Hall, Calumet Minnesota

Title Term Ends Name and Address Phone
Mayor 12/31/2018 John Tuorila
PO Box 277
Calumet, MN 55716
(218) 247-7288
Clerk 12/31/2018 April Serich
PO Box 375
Calumet, MN 55716
(218) 247-7187
Treasurer 12/31/2016 Wendy Shevich
PO Box 11
Calumet, MN 55716
(218) 247-7174
Council Member 12/31/2018 Lawrence Pitts
PO Box 371
Calumet, MN 55716
(320) 491-8450
Council Member 12/31/2016 Tim Zaren
PO Box 127
Calumet, MN 55716
(218) 247-7138
Council Member 12/31/2016 Robert Grozdanich
PO Box 355
Calumet, MN 55716
(218) 247-7183

Post Office:
Calumet Post Office
930 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716-5000
Phone: (218) 247-7486
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS

US Post Office, Calumet Minnesota

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       08:15AM-12:00PM
Saturday           08:15AM-09:45AM
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            04:15PM
Saturday                04:15PM

Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity n/a n/a
Natural Gas n/a n/a
Wastewater n/a n/a
Water n/a n/a
Telephone n/a n/a
Cable TV n/a n/a

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Calumet Chevrolet Automobile Dealers 18


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Hill Annex State Park
PO Box 376
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-7215

Hill Annex State Park, Calumet Minnesota

Go down in history with a tour of the Hill Annex Iron Mine. On the 1 1/2-hour open pit mine tour, visitors make a spectacular descent into mining's past. Learn about the mine operation, the people who worked here, and where they came from. Discover marine fossils in northern Minnesota. Get a sense of the mine's deep, rich history. Learn how this National Historic Site played an important role in state, national, and world history.

Mesabi Trail

The Taconite State Trail stretches 165 miles from Grand Rapids to Ely and intersects with the Arrowhead State Trail just west of Lake Vermillion. Portions are paved for biking and in-line skating. The remainder of the natural surface trail is used primarily for snowmobiling in the winter. The trail goes through a few areas that have standing water in the summer, however portions of the trail are suitable for horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking.

The Taconite Trail winds through forests of birch and aspen intertwined with pine, leading the visitor by many isolated lakes and streams. From Grand Rapids heading north, you see the impact of the taconite and iron mining industry. The northern portion of the trail terrain is rolling and tree covered as it winds through state and national forest land.

Eight trail waysides and picnic facilities offer scenic vistas of the hills, lakes and rivers of this area. The trail also links three state parks: Bear Head Lake, Soudan Underground Mine, and McCarthy Beach. The landscape in and around Bear Head Lake State Park is very rolling and rocky.

Lake Name Size
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Big Sucker 230
Mud n/a    
Ox Hide 121
Snowball 146
Swan 2,472

Health Care:



none - within boundaries of ISD 316
students are bussed to Marble (elementary) or Bovey (secondary)

Calumet Community Church
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-7829

Sunday Worship    9:00 am

Calumet Community Church, Calumet Minnesota


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Business Directory:
A Time For You
PO Box 157 
Calumet, MN 55716 
Phone: (218) 244-9222 
American Bank of Nashwauk
572 5th Avenue
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-7536

American Bank of Nashwauk Minnesota

Calumet Bait & Antiques
912 Gary Street 
Calumet, MN 55716 
Phone: (218) 247-3111 
Calumet Chevrolet Buick
927 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-7513
Toll Free:(877) 676-7513

Update: Closed and building razed

Calumet Chevrolet Buick, Calumet Minnesota
Calumet City Hall
932 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716 
Phone: (218) 247-7542 
Calumet City Hall, Calumet Minnesota
Calumet Depot Craft Shop
890 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-7389
Calumet Depot Craft Shop, Calumet Minnesota
Calumet Fire Department
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: n/a
Calumet Fire Department, Calumet Minnesota
Calumet Library
932 Gary Street 
Calumet, MN 55716 
Phone: (218) 247-3108 

The mission of the Calumet Public Library is to provide resource materials for the advancement and enhancement of education, including recreational and pleasurable reading for the citizens of the City of Calumet and the surrounding area with a special emphasis on youth.

Calumet Service Center
Highway 169
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-7123
Calumet Spur
Highway 169
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-7891
Calumet Spur, Calumet Minnesota
Calumet Village Shop
110 Mesabi Avenue
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-3141
Front Porch Antiques & Crafts
915 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247- 0177

Large selection of antiques and crafts, including Redwing, Hull, Hall, McCoy, carnival glass, depression glass, children's books, toys and much more!

Front Porch Antiques & Crafts, Calumet Minnesota
Kraus Anderson Construction
358 3rd Avenue 
Calumet, MN 55716 
Phone: (218) 247-3166 
Old Calumet Saloon
945 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-3137

Old Calumet Saloon, Calumet Minnesota

Roadway Lounge
977 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-7315

Roadway Lounge, Calumet Minnesota

School Craft
PO Box 376
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 566-2383
Snowball Mountain Guns
935 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716 
Phone: (218) 247-7677

We have a great inventory. You will find youth, left-handed and special order items. We offer gunsmithing, rifles, shotguns, handguns, clothing and reloading supplies. Stop by! We are easy to find!

Snowball Mountain Guns, Calumet Minnesota
Tahtinen's Tats
933 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-7889

Whether you are getting your very first tattoo, or adding to your collection... Tahtinen's Tats will help you to find the perfect one. Select from thousands of designs or let Wayne design something especially for you. You will find pleasant surroundings at Tahtinen's. Many of our customers return for more work and recommend us to their friends!

Tahtinen's Tats, Calumet Minnesota

Calumet Post Office
930 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716-5000
Phone: (218) 247-7486
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS
US Post Office, Calumet Minnesota

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