Recently Jim Aakhus of Lavinia MN emailed to tell of two more long ago towns. Nymore and Lavinia. In fact, Jim emailed from a cabin in Lavinia.
Jim tells that Nymore in Beltrami County would be a Class G town as it was absorbed by the City of Bemidji. At one time, though not official, it was known as East Bemidji
Lavinia at one time had two family grocery stores, a train depot and post office. Jim's Grandfather used to take the train in the 1940's and 1950's. Lavinia is not far from Bemidji State Park.
Jim also told of Olga, near Fosston MN in Polk County.
Thanks Jim for sharing your lost towns with us.
Its great to learn of lost towns missed. A reader, Debra F. wrote and told of Green Valley in Lyon County. Green Valley was seven miles north of Marshall on Highway 23 and two miles east of Highway 59. Debra lived in Green Valley in the late 1960's and early 1970's. She tells that the town had two stores, Mickey and Bills Bar, a post office, a Catholic Church and more. Most of the remaining buildings have been converted to private homes.
If you have a lost town to share please let us know and if you have photos to share, we'd love to see them.
Located in the remote wilderness of Itasca County, Togo is a nearly gone lost town. The site is 25 miles east of Effie Mn and in the George Washington State Forest.
The community once had a post office but is now served by Cook's post office. The post office and former store are a private residence as is the school building. The area is home to snowmobile enthusiasts. Also the Minnesota Department of Corrections operates Thistledew Camp, once a juvenile facility, now an adult facility.
Check out the Ghosts of Minnesota website for current photos. http://www.ghostsofminnesota.com/2015/10/18/togo-where-the-pavement-ends-and-the-north-begins/
Its official, there is going to be a Wisconsin's Lost Towns book. Plans are to be published in early 2017. The finishing touches are being done on the content. If you have any towns, stories or photos to share, please submit them soon. Be sure your lost town is part of the book.
Built in 1918 the Burtrum School operated until 1971. Consolidation required a larger school serving students from a wider area. High school courses (to grade 10) were taught in the school's early years.
The three-story building had an auditorium on the top floor with classrooms on the two lower floors. At its peak in the late 1920's, the school employed six teachers and had an enrollment of 115 students. The elementary teachers earned 95 dollars per month and the high school teachers earned $150 per month.
Declining enrollment and the high cost of maintaining the high school forced the school to discontinue the high school courses. Students were then bussed to nearby Grey Eagle and Swanville. The school then employed three teachers. The school closed its doors in 1971.
The school building was taken over by the City of Burtrum and later sold to a former teacher. The teacher later willed the building to a former student. It served as storage space for many years and still stands vacant and in ruins.
Burtrum is a small, population 144, community in Todd County MN. A handful of businesses and this once majestic school stand in the town. Now in ruins, this once majestic building, was stunning. What a shame, it would make wonderful apartments or condominiums. It is hard to imagine the rural area needing a school this large. Little to nothing is in the historical records.