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Minnesota Place Names

By: Rebekah Bjork | October 19, 2018

MNopedia's "Minnesota Place Names" project volunteers and interns have completed the proofing of the geocoding for about 74% of the 6,114 entries in the Phase I project. Their work includes cross-checking auto-generated coordinates against a variety of maps, both in the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota Historical Society and online. In the case of rail stations and post offices that are no longer around, they take the sleuthing a step further, digging into old railroad maps and other resources to find long-forgotten locations. The work takes a good dose of patience and fortitude! Accuracy is key, as each geocoded location will be included in an interactive map when Place Names is added to MNopedia, hopefully at the end of June 2019. 

Many thanks for your dedication, Place Names team!


Submitted by staff Linda Cameron