Wawina, Minnesota

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Wawina
Location of the community of Wawina
within Wawina Township, Itasca County
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Wawina
Wawina (the United States)
Coordinates: 47°03′11″N93°07′09″W / 47.05306°N 93.11917°W / 47.05306; -93.11917 Coordinates: 47°03′11″N93°07′09″W / 47.05306°N 93.11917°W / 47.05306; -93.11917
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Itasca
Township Wawina Township
Elevation
1,266 ft (386 m)
Population
  Total10
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
55736 or 55784
Area code(s) 218 Exchange: 488
GNIS feature ID653862 [1]

Wawina is an unincorporated community in Wawina Township, Itasca County, Minnesota, United States.

Unincorporated area Region of land not governed by own local government

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.

Wawina Township, Itasca County, Minnesota Township in Minnesota, United States

Wawina Township is a township in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 77 at the 2010 census.

Itasca County, Minnesota County in the United States

Itasca County is a county located in the State of Minnesota. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 45,058. Its county seat is Grand Rapids. The county is named after Lake Itasca, which is in turn a shortened version of the Latin words veritas caput, meaning 'truth' and 'head', a reference to the source of the Mississippi River. Portions of the Bois Forte and Leech Lake Indian reservations are in the county.

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The community is located between Grand Rapids and Floodwood at the junction of U.S. Highway 2 and Itasca County Road 25.

U.S. Highway 2 (US 2) is a highway in northwest and northeast Minnesota, which runs from the Red River at East Grand Forks and continues east to Duluth, where the route crosses the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge over the Saint Louis Bay. The route connects the cities of East Grand Forks, Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Duluth.

Nearby places include Floodwood, Swan River, Warba, Jacobson, and Goodland.

Floodwood, Minnesota City in Minnesota, United States

Floodwood is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Population was 528 at the 2010 census.

Swan River, Itasca County, Minnesota Unincorporated community in Minnesota, United States

Swan River is an unincorporated community in southeast Itasca County, Minnesota, United States.

Warba, Minnesota City in Minnesota, United States

Warba is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 181 at the 2010 census.

Wawina is located 13 miles northwest of Floodwood. Wawina is also located 23 miles southeast of Grand Rapids; and 53 miles northwest of Duluth. The boundary line between Itasca, Saint Louis, and Aitkin counties is nearby.

Grand Rapids, Minnesota City in Minnesota, United States

Grand Rapids is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 10,869 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Itasca County.

Duluth, Minnesota City in Minnesota, United States

Duluth is a major port city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the county seat of Saint Louis County. Duluth has a population of 85,884 and is the 4th largest city in Minnesota. It is the 2nd largest city on Lake Superior, after Thunder Bay, Ontario. It has the largest metropolitan area on the lake, with a population of 279,771 in 2010, the second-largest in the state.

St. Louis County, Minnesota County in the United States

St. Louis County is a county located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 200,226. Its county seat is Duluth. It is the largest county by total area in Minnesota, and the largest in the United States east of the Mississippi River.

The community of Wawina is located within Wawina Township (population 77).

ZIP Codes 55736 (Floodwood) and 55784 (Swan River) meet at Wawina.

A ZIP Code is a postal code used by the United States Postal Service (USPS) in a system it introduced in 1963. The term ZIP is an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan; it was chosen to suggest that the mail travels more efficiently and quickly when senders use the code in the postal address. The basic format consists of five digits. An extended ZIP+4 code was introduced in 1983 which includes the five digits of the ZIP Code, followed by a hyphen and four additional digits that reference a more specific location.

History

A post office called Wawina was established in 1912, and remained in operation until 1993. [2] Wawina is a name derived from the Ojibwe language meaning "I mention him often". [3]

Ojibwe language language

Ojibwe, also known as Ojibwa, Ojibway or Otchipwe, is an indigenous language of North America of the Algonquian language family. The language is characterized by a series of dialects that have local names and frequently local writing systems. There is no single dialect that is considered the most prestigious or most prominent, and no standard writing system that covers all dialects.

Culture

Wawina has the distinction of having America's smallest telephone company. Northern Telephone Company of Minnesota (Area Code 218–488) serves fewer than 40 subscribers.

It gained brief fame as the last place in the continental United States to use a trunking system (inter-office circuits) that was called "N2 Carrier", an analog system that utilized Multi-Frequency (MF) tones and the infamous 2600 Hz control tone for answer supervision and idle trunk condition. This system was much loved by phone phreaks as it was the same system which the now infamous John Draper made famous. The era ended in June 2006, when the privately owned exchange switched to a digital trunk. Phone hacking attempts from across the nation had placed a large burden on the extremely small telephone company serving Wawina Township. [4]

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References

  1. "Wawina, Minnesota". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey.
  2. "Itasca County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  3. Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 257.
  4. http://www.phworld.org/sounds/wawina