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Located in Itasca County, Minnesota, the city of Bigfork grew up around a log cabin built on the Big Fork River by Damase (Uncle Tom) Neveaux in 1887, who was a squatter until the land was opened up for settlement in 1900. A post office was opened in 1902, and the Minneapolis and Rainy River Railway opened a station there in 1906. Bigfork was incorporated as a village in 1907. The community was largely dependent upon logging, trapping, and fur trading in its early days. In recent years, it has become a hub for tourism and outdoor recreation, taking advantage of the several lakes that are in the area. Within the city limits the Big Fork River divides into the Big Fork River and the Rice River. Nearby communities include Effie to the north, Pomroy to the northwest, and Wirt to the west. The Leech Lake Indian Reservation is south and west of Bigfork, the Bois Forte Reservation is north of the city, and the Superior National Forest is to the east.

 

 

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