Zim, Minnesota

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Zim, Minnesota
Unincorporated community
Zim, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Zim, Minnesota
Zim, Minnesota
Location of the community of Zim
within McDavitt Township, Saint Louis County
Zim, Minnesota is located in the US
Zim, Minnesota
Zim, Minnesota
Zim, Minnesota (the US)
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)
 • 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 population of Saint Louis County.[2]


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.


A post office called Zim was established in 1899, and remained in operation until 1990.[3] The community derives its name from a logging camp run by a lumberman named Zimmerman who worked in the area.[4]

Arts and culture[edit]

The nearby Sax–Zim Bog area is home to one of the world's best birdwatching places and the site of the annual Sax–Zim Winter Birding Festival held in February.[5] The bog was named for Zim and the nearby community of Sax.[5]


  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. ^ "St. Louis County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 492. 
  5. ^ a b Gustav Axelson (18 January 2013). "In a Minnesota Bog, a Festival of Birds". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  • Rand McNally Road Atlas – 2007 edition – Minnesota entry
  • Official State of Minnesota Highway Map – 2011/2012 edition