Timber Town: Hines, Minnesota

Timber Town: Hines, Minnesota

Just down the road from Blackduck, in Beltrami County, I found Hines, Minnesota, totally by accident. I glanced over my shoulder as I passed through a highway intersection and caught a glimpse of the weathered wood facade of the Pioneer Store, so I turned around and went back to snap a few photos.

Hines, Minnesota

Hines, Minnesota dates back to the 1890s and is named for William Hines, a lumberman. It was originally founded a short distance to the north, on the south shore of Blackduck lake, but moved to this location when the allure of the railroad and logging job opportunities offered by the old growth forest brought settlers and homesteaders to the area. The post office opened in 1904.

Hines, Minnesota

Hines, Minnesota

The sign on the door reads: Open by appointment or chance.

Hines, Minnesota

Hines, Minnesota

The sign in the window of the Studebaker asks $1000.00

Hines, Minnesota

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Hines, Minnesota

I found this old service station to be very photogenic. There was once a lot more of Hines. There are detailed histories here and here where you can read a lot more, and see photos of buildings which no longer exist.

Hines, Minnesota

Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media

4 thoughts on “Timber Town: Hines, Minnesota

  1. I student taught in Blackduck in 1986, and my supervising teacher lived in Hines. But…I never visited the town until about 10 years back and took pictures of the Pioneer store. There are a lot of little places like this up there. Guthrie is another town to visit, a railroad town where the train stops no more.

  2. Hines was named for lumberman Edward Hines. The Edward Hines Lumber Co. still operates under that name in the Chicago, IL area.

      1. Edward Hines and the lumber company are not the Hines family associated with Hines, MN. Hines MN was founded by William Hines. William was my great-grandfather. He and his family lived in a large house on the shores of Blackduck Lake. The house and surrounding farm and forest became the property of my grandfather, Glenn, and now is jointly owned by my mother and aunt.

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