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Redundant Farmsteads in Minnesota.

Hart, John Fraser and Lisa M. Rainy.

Since 1935, the peak year, the number of farms in Minnesota had dropped by roughly 125,000 by 1998. Assuming that each farm has a farmstead, what has happened to all these farmsteads? The authors explored the past and present uses of redundant farmsteads along U.S. Highway 12 between Maple Plain and Montrose, and in the eastern half of Cottonwood County. They found that elbowroomers have eagerly recycled redundant farmsteads along Highway 12 near the Twin Cities, but many farmsteads in distant Cottonwood County have been abandoned. Farmland is still being used, often rented, but the uses have changed.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported by an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
28 (3): 1-6.
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