Leaf River, Minnesota

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Leaf River, or Leafriver, is a ghost town in section 22 of Leaf River Township, Wadena County, Minnesota, United States.Today the town has a population around 50. There is a restaurant, a golf course, an old school house and a residential community.

History[edit]

The village of Leaf River had a post office from 1880 until 1882, and again from 1902 until 1908.[1] It was served by a station of the Great Northern Railway.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The village received its name from the Leaf River, which was in turn named for the Leaf Mountains, which were called by the Ojibwa Gaaskibag-wajiwan.[3] This name was translated by Gilfillan as "Rustling Leaf Mountains."

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Wadena County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Upham, Warren (2001). Minnesota Place Names, A Geographical Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society. p. 607. ISBN 0-87351-396-7. 
  3. ^ Upham, Warren (2001). Minnesota Place Names, A Geographical Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society. pp. 425, 433. ISBN 0-87351-396-7. 

Coordinates: 46°29′19″N 95°04′54″W / 46.48861°N 95.08167°W / 46.48861; -95.08167