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Akeley, Minnesota is a small town in Hubbard County. The town began as a lumber town, developed largely through a partnership between T.B. Walker and Healy C. Akeley, who formed the Red River Lumber Company in 1893, with settlement of the area beginning a couple of years later. A train depot was built in 1899. A sawmill was established by Walker in 1902, and the town grew rapidly, incorporated as a city in 1916. There were more than three thousand people in Akeley in the early 1900s, although its population is under five hundred today. Walker had initially intended to build his mill in what would become Walker, but he chose Akeley instead because he disapproved of the bars and brothels that were in operation in the Walker area. Akeley is situated on the southern shores of Eleventh Crow Wing Lake, northeast of Tenth Crow Wing Lake, southwest of Cramer Lake, and west of Shingobee Lake. The community of Chamberlain is south of Akeley. Other nearby communities include Deer Lane, Dorset, Emmaville, Hackensack, Nevis, and Walker. The Chippewa National Forest is east of the city, and Bemidji, Minnesota is just under forty miles north of Akeley.

 

 

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