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Chisholm

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Chisholm is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,976 at the 2010 census.U.S. Highway 169 and State Highway 73 (MN 73) are two of the main routes in Chisholm. Michael A. Jugovich is currently presiding as mayor, and has been since 2006.A mining town on the Mesabi Range, Chisholm was founded by Archibald Mark Chisholm.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.74sqmi; 4.48sqmi is land and 0.26sqmi is water.Chisholm is in the center of the Mesabi Iron Range, one of the four iron ranges in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota.HistoryA post office called Chrisholm has been in operation since 1901. The city was named for Archibald Mark Chrisholm, an early explorer of the area. Chrisholm was incorporated in 1901.With a railroad line to Duluth and plenty of mining work available in and near town, the population of Chisholm grew rapidly, and by 1908, the town had more than 6,000 people and 500 buildings. On September 5, 1908, a fast-moving forest fire obliterated the town due to the dry conditions during the late summer and wood construction of nearly all the buildings in town. Many people sought escape by going into the lake. No one died in the fire. Afterwards, building codes were enhanced, and by the next summer, more than 70 fireproof buildings had been erected. Chisholm became a city in 1934.
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