Alvwood, Minnesota: Surveying Goof - The Lost Forty

Somebody messed up the forest survey in 1882; as a result this patch of 114-acres -- called The Lost Forty -- escaped the local Bunyans and still stands today, including 300 year old white pine trees. Walking trail at the site.

Blackduck Forestry Area

Address:
Forest Rd 2240, Alvwood, MN
Directions:
The Lost Forty is pretty far off the beaten path. Starting in Alvwood, MN, go 11 miles E on Co Hwy 29, then 2 miles N on Co Hwy 26 to Forest Road 2240. Go less than 1 mile to parking lot.
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Surveying Goof - The Lost Forty

In Minnesota's northwoods, there is an area called The Lost Forty, a 114-acre site of virgin red pine trees that was never logged back in the 1800's. Apparently due to a surveying error, the area was mapped as a lake and the trees were never chopped down. Some trees are over 300 years old and tower over 200 ft tall.

[BS Meyer, 01/02/2012]

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