Pelan, Minnesota

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Pelan is an abandoned townsite in Kittson County, Minnesota, United States. It lies in Pelan Township, between the cities of Karlstad and Greenbush.

History[edit]

Settlement began in 1880. The site was named for Charles Pelan, a wealthy Englishman. The town had a post office from 1888 until 1912. In 1889 the first postmaster, Frederic W. (Billy) Clay, disappeared with a sack of mail and was never found.[1] The town was incorporated in 1903 but ceased in 1909.[1] The post office was moved to Roseau County until service ended in 1917. Pelan Park stands where the town was. It consists of a church, cemetery and a few buildings. The Western Wood-Pewee, a species of bird, has been recorded nesting in this wooded park.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Upham, Warren (2001). Minnesota Place Names, A Geographical Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society. p. 509. ISBN 0-87351-396-7. 
  2. ^ City of Roseau – Bird-Watching

Coordinates: 48°38′37″N 96°23′36″W / 48.64361°N 96.39333°W / 48.64361; -96.39333

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