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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

Forest Rd 2240, Alvwood, MN
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

Gorgeous forest path that was busier than we expected. A short trail with interpretive signs leads through the old growth forest, while a longer trail takes you through some new(er) growth that had burned in a fire many years ago.

[Lisa, 09/01/2017]
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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