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Return to Tenney

Tenney was featured in several regional newspapers in summer of 2011, when the town’s residents voted to dissolve and shed their status as an incorporated town.  Although the sign at the edge of town read “Population 6,” by the time the vote was taken, there were only three residents left, and they voted 2 to 1 to dissolve.  We visited the town to take photographs shortly thereafter.

We recently returned to Tenney (one day short of a year since our last visit) and it was immediately apparent that Tenney has not only dissolved its legal status as a town, it is quickly losing its physical status as a town.

The former school and church, which both stood onsite in 2011, are now gone, leaving only one large building onsite, and several vacant houses and trailer homes.  There appear to be perhaps one or two inhabited homes, and the grain facility in Tenney is still quite active.

Even the sign declaring Tenney a town with a population of 6 has been removed from the roadside.

Photos by Troy and Rat, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

Last Days in Tenney

Last Days in Tenney

Tenney, in southern Wilkin county, came to my attention when I saw a story on the news about how they had voted to dissolve, officially shedding the “town” designation.  There are only six people in Tenney.  As I learned on my visit, there are also two big black dogs.

Read more on Tenney in the Star Tribune.

Much to my chagrin, I somehow forgot about or missed the Tenney Firehouse which is on the National Register of Historic Places… next time perhaps.

Photos by Troy
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