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Located in the upper central part of the state, Nevis is in Hubbard County, Minnesota. Like many others, Nevis began as a railroad town, serving the Park Rapids and Leech Lake Railroad. The rail line was abandoned in 1972 and today, the right of way for the railroad has been converted into the Heartland State Trail, a 49-mile multi-use recreational trail that connects the towns of Park Rapids, Dorset, Nevis, Akeley, Walker, Leech Lake, Wilkinson, and Cass Lake, passing through portions of the Paul Bunyan State Forest and the Chippewa National Forest, with several lakes and waterways along the route. Situated on the eastern edge of Lake Belle Taine, Nevis has a summer population who are largely from the Minneapolis and Saint Paul region, as well as those who come for winter activities, such as snowmobiling. Deer Lake is also nearby, and several other lakes are within a few miles of the city. A post office was first established in Nevis in 1899, and the community was first incorporated as a village in 1902, and again in 1921 when it separated from Nevis Township. The Louis J. Moser House was built as a fishing camp in the early 1900s, and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearby localities include Akeley, Badoura, Chamberlain, Deer Lane, Dorset, Emmaville, Hubbad, and Park Rapids. Walker is about fifteen miles northeast of Nevis.

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