Zim, Minnesota

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For the city in east-central Minnesota named Zimmerman, see Zimmerman, Minnesota.
Zim, Minnesota
Unincorporated community
Zim, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Zim, Minnesota
Zim, Minnesota
Zim, Minnesota is located in the US
Zim, Minnesota
Zim, Minnesota
Location of the community of Zim
within McDavitt Township, Saint Louis County
Coordinates: 47°18′25″N 92°36′12″W / 47.30694°N 92.60333°W / 47.30694; -92.60333Coordinates: 47°18′25″N 92°36′12″W / 47.30694°N 92.60333°W / 47.30694; -92.60333
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Saint Louis
Township McDavitt Township
Elevation 1,342 ft (409 m)
Population
 • Total 20
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55738
Area code(s) 218
GNIS feature ID 662843[1]

Zim is an unincorporated place in McDavitt Township, St. Louis County, Minnesota, United States.[1] In 2010 the population of Zim was 5,228 people according to the U.S. Census.[2] Zim makes up 2.6 % of the entire population of Saint Louis County.[2] Zim got its name from a nearby lumber camp of a man named Zimmerman.[3] Nearby is the "Sax-Zim Bog", one of the world's best birdwatching places.[4] It was named for the two nearby, mostly uninhabited, towns of Zim and Sax.[4] Every February the habitat hosts a three-day festival for birdwatchers.[4]

Geography[edit]

The community is located 14 miles southwest of the city of Eveleth at the junction of Saint Louis County Highway 7 and County Road 27. The Saint Louis River is nearby.

History[edit]

A post office called Zim was established in 1899, and remained in operation until 1990.[5] The community derives its name from Zimmerman, the surname of a lumberman who worked in the area.[6]

Arts and culture[edit]

The annual Sax–Zim Winter Birding Festival is held in February. The event is organized for birdwatching. The nearby "Sax –Zim Bog" is home to one of the world's best birdwatching places.[4] It was named for the two nearby communities of Zim and Sax.[4] Every February, the habitat hosts a three-day festival for birdwatchers.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Zim, Minnesota". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "Zim, Minnesota". Local Town Websites. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Warren Upham, Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance, Volume 17 (St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society, 1920), p. 492
  4. ^ a b c d e f Gustav Axelson (18 January 2013). "In a Minnesota Bog, a Festival of Birds". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "St. Louis County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 492. 
  • Rand McNally Road Atlas – 2007 edition – Minnesota entry
  • Official State of Minnesota Highway Map – 2011/2012 edition