Located In:
Itasca County between the cities of Hibbing &
Grand Rapids

Population:
1,000

Recreation:
Miskovich-Morrow Ball Park; VFW Memorial Park & picnic area; Mike Peluso Outdoor Skating Rink; Swan Lake Country Club 9-hole golf course; Swan Lake public boat landing & fishing dock; groomed trails by the Greenway Snowmobile Club; Mesabi Bike Trail connecting
Ely to Grand Rapids

Former Home to:
Mike Peluso

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In the Midst of Northern Minnesota's Iron Range
"The Town That Never Was"

 

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Pengilly Circle LogoPengilly celebrated it's Centennial August 29 - 31, 2008. This history on Pengilly was taken from the Centennial History & Memory Book, which was compiled from numerous interviews, minutes and news articles from various people, clubs, churches, and the East Side Neighbors' Club.

Pengilly's earliest history was logging and the sawmills and later iron ore mining.  The name "Pengilly" originates from Dr. Pengilly, who came via train to this area from Duluth in the early 1900s.  Being a physician, he came to this area to provide his services to the sick, free of charge, and once here, he'd do some fishing.  As the train would prepare for his stop, the conductor would call out "Pengilly Stop" and Dr. Pengilly would get off the train.  Soon this stopping off place became known as the "Pengilly Stop" and that is how Pengilly got its name.  While here, he stayed with the Hall family and was instrumental in getting a post office established about 1916; therefore, Pengilly.
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During the election in 1954, voters had the option of incorporating Pengilly.  The vote never succeeded, so Pengilly remained unincorporated, therefore, Train_Depot"The Town That Never Was."

To learn more depth about Pengilly's history, you may consider inquiring about purchasing the 240+ page History & Memories book.  Contact Barb Shipka, 218-327-2639; e-mail:  ezeedays@aol.com.
 
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