Melvin, Minnesota is in Polk County, about 14 miles southeast of Crookston, and is something of an enigma. There is very little written history of Melvin to be found online, but the physical remains tell the story of a place which was once significant in the lives of a small number of Minnesotans. There appear to be one or two inhabited farms in the area, and aside from the buildings in these photos, that’s about all that remains of Melvin.
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The sidewalk now leads nowhere, but once served several buildings on this side of the street.
This would have been a very stately home in its heyday.
That gray streak through the middle of the photo above is all that remains of a curb which once marked the edge of the “street” in Melvin. Now, it’s overgrown with weeds and brush and the street is simply a gravel road.
Just down the road, the Onstad Township hall still stands.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC