LITTLE MINNESOTA - 89
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Posted by: DAILLFARM
N 46° 07.394 W 095° 30.695
15T E 305956 N 5110806
Quick Description: This is the 89th of 100 of the cities described in the book LITTLE MINNESOTA.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 6/29/2012 9:28:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMER1F
Since 1973, all incorporated towns were declared officially to be ‘cities’ by an act of the Minnesota Legislature. Ever wonder about those ‘little cities’? This series of 100 waymarks will take you to all corners of the great state of Minnesota to visit the 100 smallest of the incorporated cities in the state. All have a great story to tell.
This is the 89th of 100 of the cities described in the book LITTLE MINNESOTA. Located in the rolling farmland & hills in the southwest corner of Effington Township in Otter Tail County, Urbank formed in 1903 around the newly opened Sacred Heart Catholic Church. It became an incorporated city in 1947 and is the current of 54 persons.
The area around Urbank was settled by mostly German immigrants, the first of whom is said to have been Peter Seih, who abandoned a life at sea to become a farmer.
Just west of Urbank lies one the best kept secrets in Minnesota, Inspiration Peak [N 46 08.267 W 095 34.671], which stands at 1750’ above sea level, about 400’ above the surrounding rolling hills. Well known to the locals, it was a favorite spot of author Sinclair Lewis, who chastised Minnesotans for ignoring the ‘haunts of beauty’ in their own backyard.
This series of waymarks is tuned to getting people to visit these wonderful small communities before they disappear completely. To validate your ‘find’, please post a photo of you with your GPS at the coordinates and please relate a little tidbit about what you learned about the town and its people that is not in this narrative or the book. You can learn more about ‘LITTLE MINNESOTA’ by logging on to (visit link