Minnesota Gazetteers

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Gazetteers list geographical names such as towns, settlements, rivers, mountains, villages, and districts. Sometimes they list the population and other details about the location. They usually include only the name of places as they existed at the time the gazetteer was published.

Some gazetteers of Minnesota are:

  • Bakeman, Mary. Minnesota Places: Then and Now. St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Genealogical Society, 1991. (FHL book 977.6 A1 no.100.) This book includes 855 towns and 192 other places that have a post office. It also lists more than 1,900 names of towns in Minnesota, past and present.
  • Rippley, LaVern J. German Place Names in Minnesota. Northfield, Minnesota: St. Olaf College, 1980. (FHL book 977.6 E2r.) This book identifies over 200 German names of towns, settlements, townships, and bodies of water in the state. The text is in English and German.
  • Upham, Warren. Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society, 1969. (FHL book 977.6 E2u.) This study of Minnesota place names was originally done in 1920. This edition includes an introduction updated by the author and a supplement listing localities created since 1920.