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Illgen City
Minnesota Community Guide

5 miles N.E. of Silver Bay at the Junction of Highways 1 and 61 surrounded by Tettegouche State Park and only one-half mile from the Baptism River. Location of Beaver Bay Township and Illgen City Minnesota

Population: Illgen City is an unincorporated community in Beaver Bay Township
Beaver Bay Township 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007
1990-2000 Change
Actual Percent
Population 905 1,066 511 582 561 71 13.89
Land Area (sq. mile) 294.20 289.66 138.48 138.56 -- 0.08 0.06
Density (persons per sq. mile) 3.08 3.68 3.69 4.20 -- 0.51 13.83
Housing Units 341 426 371 403 -- 32 8.63
Households -- 292 198 242 260 44 22.22
Persons Per Household -- 3.02 2.58 2.33 2.15 -0.25 -9.72


Beaver Bay Township is a township in Lake County, Minnesota on Lake Superior. State Highways 1 and 61 are two of the main arterial routes in the township. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 140.2 square miles (363.1 kmē), of which, 138.6 square miles (358.9 kmē) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.2 kmē) of it (1.16%) is water. The elevation is 1,588 ft (484 m).

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As of the census of 2000, there were 582 people, 242 households, and 163 families residing in the township. The population density was 4.2 people per square mile (1.6/kmē). There were 403 housing units at an average density of 2.9/sq mi (1.1/kmē). The racial makeup of the township was 97.77% White, 0.17% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.17% Asian, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.

There were 242 households out of which 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples living together, 1.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% 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 2.79.

In the township the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 31.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 104.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $43,438, and the median income for a family was $49,063. Males had a median income of $42,222 versus $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,188. About 4.1% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

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Illgen City has been typified by a well known sign on Highway 61 which says "Illgen City population 4, room for lots more." Illgen City was named for the Illgen family who settled the area in 1924. When the new Highway 61 opened in January 1925, the family built the Aztec Hotel. The hotel was about 70 x 70, and built in the style of the Mayan Indians from Ucatan, Mexico. The hotel had twelve rooms upstairs, a large lobby, dining area and bar on the main floor. There was no electricity until 1937, so they had their own light plant. There was no refrigeration, so they cut their ice at the mouth of the Baptism River. The Aztec Hotel was the halfway stop for people traveling the North Shore from Duluth to Grand Marais and Canada, for thirty years. Unfortunately, the Aztec Hotel no longer exists. 

Illgen City Travel Service, 1935.   Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Government: Illgen City is unincorporated and located in Beaver Bay Township
Beaver Bay Township
PO Box 306
Beaver Bay, MN 55601

Beaver Bay Township Offices, Beaver Bay Minnesota

Title Term Ends Name & Address Phone
Clerk 12/31/2010 Mary Jane VanDenHeuvel
4659 Highway 3
Silver Bay, MN 55614
(218) 226-3669
Treasurer 12/31/2009 Heidi Ellefson
6067 Highway 1
Silver Bay, MN 55614
Supervisor 12/31/2011 Patricia Taylor
PO Box 476
Finland, MN 55603
Supervisor 12/31/2009 Thomas Byrnes
5682 Lax Lake Road
Silver Bay, MN 55614
Supervisor 12/31/2010 Jerry Larson
5436 Edwardson Road
Silver Bay, MN 55614

Post Office: Illgen City is served by the Silver Bay Minnesota Post Office
US Post Office
13 Shopping Center
Silver Bay, MN 55614-9998
Phone: (218) 226-3700
Toll Free: (800) ASK USPS
US Post Office
Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm  
Saturday           Closed
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:30 pm
Saturday                none


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

Major Employers:
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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Illgen City Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Illgen City Minnesota area



Lake Superior Scenic Drive

Highway 61

The North Shore of Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake, is 154 miles of scenic beauty and natural wonders. The drive along the lakeshore is rich with the history of American Indians, French and British explorers, lumbering and iron ore mining. On one side of the highway, Superior National Forest, one of the great wilderness areas of the U.S., carpets the hills of the Sawtooth Mountains with balsams, birch and pine. On the other side, Lake Superior offers spectacular views from the rocky shore. Whether it is a wilderness expedition or the comforts of a modern lodge, the lofty pines of the Superior National Forest and crashing waves of Lake Superior seem to have a magic that whispers to travelers . . . "come back."

Tettegouche State Park

Come to Tettegouche for a great sense of the North Shore: the spectacular overlooks at Shovel Point; rocky, steep cliffs and inland bluffs; the cascading 60 ft. High Falls of the Baptism River; and the historic Tettegouche Camp where visitors can stay the night. This is a hiker's paradise with miles of trails that overlook the Sawtooth Mountains and wind down to inland lakes accessible only by foot. The Palisade Valley Unit features broad scenic vistas coupled with an expanse of multi-use, four-season trails. Two more trout lakes complement the fishing opportunities within the rest of the park. The park is also known for rock climbing opportunities and quality birdwatching in the spring, summer, and especially the fall.

Baptism Falls in Tettegouche State Park, 2005
Baptism Falls in Tettegouche State Park, 2005

Lake Name Size
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Lax 293
Micmac 137
Nicado 13
Tetagouche 66

Health Care:
none - see Beaver Bay or Silver Bay









Whispering Pines Motel
5763 Highway 61
Silver Bay, MN 55614
Phone: (218) 226-4712
Toll Free: (800) 332-0531

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