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Location of Calumet, Minnesota

 Calumet (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 460 469 382 383 367 -16 -4.18
Land Area (sq. mile) -- -- -- 1.57 1.57 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) -- -- -- 240.7 233.8 -6.90 -2.78
Housing Units -- -- -- 178 178 0 0
Households -- 155 151 162 160 -2 -1.23
Persons Per Household -- 2.72 2.42 2.24 2.29 +0.04 +1.79


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 1.58 square miles (4.09 km˛), of which, 1.57 square miles (4.07 km˛) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km˛) is water. The elevation is 1,381 ft (421 m) above sea level. Hill-Annex Mine State Park is just outside the town.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 367 people, 160 households, and 90 families residing in the city. The population density was 233.8 inhabitants per square mile (90.3/km2). There were 178 housing units at an average density of 113.4 per square mile (43.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.3% African American, 2.2% Native American, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 160 households of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.0% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.8% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 39.5 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 15% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

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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.

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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

Regular Business Hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

City Council Meetings:
3rd Tuesday of the month at 4:00 pm

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Calumet City Hall, Calumet Minnesota

Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2020 John Tuorila
330 3rd Avenue
Calumet, MN 55716
  (218) 247-7288
Clerk appointed April Serich
PO Box 375
Calumet, MN 55716
Email (218) 247-7187
Treasurer appointed Wendy Shevich
731 7th Street
Calumet, MN 55716
  (218) 247-7174
Council Member 12/31/2022 John Vaudrin
PO Box 371
Calumet, MN 55716
  (320) 491-8450
Council Member 12/31/2024 Tim Zaren
705 7th Avenue
Calumet, MN 55716
  (218) 247-7138
Council Member 12/31/2024 Daniel Strand
862 8th Avenue
Calumet, MN 55716
  (218) 247-7384

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

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       12:30 pm- 4:00 pm
Saturday           8:00 am - 10:00 am

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Minnesota Power (800) 228-4966
Natural Gas n/a n/a
Wastewater Calumet City (218) 247-7542
Water Calumet City (218) 247-7542
Telephone CenturyLink (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Mediacom (855) 355-7466

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

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 bused to Marble (elementary) or Bovey (secondary)

Calumet Community Church
642 6th Avenue
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-7829

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship    9:00 am

Calumet Community Presbyterian Church is the only church in the small community of Calumet, Minnesota on the Iron Range. We serve God with joy!

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Business Directory:
American Bank of the North
572 5th Avenue
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-7536

American Bank of the North is privately held and is a subsidiary of Mesaba Bancshares, a multi-bank holding company. The total operations has 12 branch offices and 3 administrative offices in Northeastern Minnesota.

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Calumet City Hall
932 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716 
Phone: (218) 247-7542 
Calumet City Hall, Calumet Minnesota
Calumet Fire Department
Calumet, MN 55716
(218) 749-7931
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
537 5th Avenue
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-
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589 5th Avenue
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 686-2604

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Calumet Village Shop
110 Mesabi Avenue
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-3141
Care Cab North
568 5th Avenue
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-8065
Old Calumet Saloon
945 Gary Street
Calumet, MN 55716
Phone: (218) 247-3137

Old Calumet Saloon, Calumet Minnesota

US 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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