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Soudan Minnesota Community Guide


Location:
 

Soudan Minnesota Welcome Sign

Location of Soudan, Minnesota


Population:
 Breitung Township 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 907 933 755 662 n/a    
Land Area (sq. mile) 113.90 54.74 49.14 23.00 23.00 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 7.96 17.04 15.36 28.78 n/a    
Housing Units 531 898 851 523 n/a    
Households -- 341 317 292 n/a    
Persons Per Household -- 2.61 2.27 2.22 n/a    

Geography:

Soudan is an unincorporated community in Breitung Township, St. Louis County, Minnesota. The community is located immediately east of the city of Tower on Minnesota Highway 169 / Minnesota Highway 1. According to the United States Census Bureau, Breitung Township has a total area of 38.8 square miles (100.6 kmē), of which, 23.0 square miles (59.6 kmē) of it is land and 15.9 square miles (41.1 kmē) of it (40.80%) is water. The elevation is 1,358 ft (414 m) above sea level.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Demographics:

As of the census of 2000, there were 662 people, 292 households, and 190 families residing in the township. The population density was 28.8 people per square mile (11.1/kmē). There were 523 housing units at an average density of 22.7/sq mi (8.8/kmē). The racial makeup of the township was 97.89% White, 0.45% African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.45% of the population.

There were 292 households out of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the township the population was spread out with 20.1% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 28.9% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 110.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.8 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $40,750, and the median income for a family was $51,250. Males had a median income of $40,000 versus $29,107 for females. The per capita income for the township was $20,134. About 10.9% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.5% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History:  

Soudan, a village in section 28, Breitung Township (T. 62N, R. 15W), near Tower, and its mine, which was the first in this state to ship iron ore, in 1884, were so named by D. H. Bacon, general manager of this mine, because the severe winter cold here is very strongly contrasted with the tropical heat of the Soudan (or Sudan) region in Africa. The village had a post office, established as Tower Mines in 1887 and changed to Soudan in 1888; associated with Tower Junction.

Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Oliver Iron Mining Company's first location at Soudan Minnesota, 1884
Oliver Iron Mining Company's first location at Soudan Minnesota, 1884
Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


Government:
Breitung Township
PO Box 56
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-6020
 
Clerk Margaret Lilya (218) 753-6020
Treasurer Jorgine Gornick (218) 753-6020
Supervisor Timothy Tomsich (218) 753-6020
Supervisor Charles Tekautz (218) 753-6020
Supervisor Conrad Rones (218) 753-6020

Vermilion Lake from Soudan, 1899
Vermilion Lake from Soudan, 1899
Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


Post Office:
US Post Office
31 1st Avenue
Soudan, MN 55782
-5000
Phone: (218) 753-6410
Toll Free:
(800) ASK-USPS
Web:
www.usps.com

Soudan Minnesota Post Office

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days       8:30 am - 12:00 pm
                        1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday           8:45 am - 9:45 am
Latest Collection at Post Office:
Week Days            4:15 pm
Saturday                9:45 am

Utilities:
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

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Minnesota State Highway Map of the Soudan Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Soudan Minnesota area


Attractions:
Soudan Underground Mine State Park
1379 Stuntz Bay Road
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-2245

A century slips by when you visit this park. Visitors wear hard hats and journey down 2,341 feet via a "cage." On the 27th level, the transportation shifts to a rail car for a ride back into the mine as you listen to the stories of the mining days. Above ground visitors can explore the dry house, drill shop, crusher house and engine house. Visitors also can walk the boardwalk past one of the deepest open mine pits or hike the trails in the park through a northern hardwood conifer forest, past the famous Soudan Iron Formation.

Soudan Underground Mine State Park


Recreation:
McKinley Park Campground
Box 382
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-5921

Email: info@mckinleypark.net

Enjoy the beauty and history of the area in a family friendly atmosphere. Come and stay with us at McKinley Park Campground, located in Soudan, Minnesota on the shores of beautiful Lake Vermilion. McKinley Park Campground offers breath-taking sunsets, terrific fishing and the hospitality of our new managers,

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.


Lakes:
Lake Name Size
(acres)
Lake info Lake Map Rec Map Topo Map
Burntside 7314
Bearhead 674
Cummings 1121
Eagles Nest #1 322
Eagles Nest #2 408
Eagles Nest #3 1001 n/a
Lost 768
Pine 912 n/a
Trout 7425
Vermilion 39272

Events:

none

Street Scene in Soudan Minnesota


Schools:

none - see Tower


School, Soudan Minnesota, 1909
School, Soudan Minnesota, 1909

Churches:
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Church Street
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-5341
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Soudan Minnesota
Soudan Baptist Church
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-3902

Soudan Baptist Church, Soudan Minnesota


Media:

none - see Tower and Ely


Business Directory:
Barb's Cutting Edge
34 5th Avenue
Soudan, MN  55782
Phone: (218) 753-5900
 
Bite-Em Bait & Tackle
30 Main Street
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-8070
 
FWP Guide Service
PO Box 115
Soudan MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-2079
 
Hinkel Construction
25 South Street
Soudan MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-6501
 
McKinley Park Campground
PO Box 382
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-5921

Enjoy the beauty and history of the area in a family friendly atmosphere. Come and stay with us at McKinley Park Campground, located in Soudan, Minnesota on the shores of beautiful Lake Vermilion. McKinley Park Campground offers breath-taking sunsets, terrific fishing and the hospitality of our new managers, Jerry and Susie Chiabotti. McKinley Park Campground is seasonal, opening May 1st and closing September 30th. You will find our office, convenience store, laundry, and restroom/shower area are centrally located in the campground with a large parking area nearby.

McKinley Park Campground, Soudan Minnesota
Mr.PCGuy.com
36 2nd Avenue #206
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 750-0575

MrPcGuy.com provides top-notch computer and technical service for individuals and small businesses along with great customer support - a combination that can't be beat!

 
Northern Minnesota Home Inspections Inc
13 South Street
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-6314
 
Parkside Homes Inc
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-5876
 
R Semo Contracting
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-2402
 
Soudan Community Store
30 Main Street
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-2205
Soudan Community Store, Soudan Minnesota
Vermilion Housing Corp
PO Box 306
Soudan, MN 55782
Phone: (218) 753-6111
 

Soudan Minnesota: One of the First Iron Mines - Oil Painting by Albert Swanson, 1970
Soudan Minnesota: One of the First Iron Mines
Creator: Albert Swanson
Art Collection, Oil 1970
Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


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Topographic map of the Soudan Minnesota area
Topographic map is courtesy of the Minnesota DNR - click map to zoom or enlarge 


 

 
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