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Chisholm, Minnesota is in Saint Louis County. The community was founded as a mining town in the center of the Mesabi Range by Archibald Mark Chisholm, for whom the town was named. The city was incorporated as a village in 1901, the same year that its post office was established. Situated along a railroad line to Duluth, and with mining work available, Chisholm’s population grew quickly. By 1908, its population had grown to more than six thousand, and there were about five hundred buildings in town. However, in September of that year, a fire destroyed almost the entire town, although no one died as a result of the fire. By the following summer, more than seventy fireproof buildings had been built. Chisholm was incorporated as a city in 1934. In recent years, tourism has become a significant part of the community’s economy, although mining remains prominent. Roger Enrico, Chairman of PepsiCo from 1996 to 2001, was born in Chisholm. US Highway 169 and Minnesota Highway 73 are the chief routes to and from the city. Nearby communities include Grant, Buhl, Kinney, and Mountain Iron, Virginia, Cherry, Iron Junction, Leonidas, Eveleth, and Forbes to the east, Hibbing and Cherry to the south, and Kelly Lake, Keewatin, and Nashwauk to the west.


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