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The Name McIntosh

Angus J. McIntosh gave his name to a town in which he would live only briefly.  An enterprising individual, he purchased some of the open land in the town site located a few miles west of his store and lodging house.

History of McIntosh

In the year 1882 the thirteen towns were opened for homesteads and the year of 1886 started the settlement of McIntosh.  Mr. S.P. Johnson (the first settler) realized the advantage it would be to settlers to have a village in this locality.  He came upon this tract of school land, after much deliberation and planning, he succeeded in getting Ole Lee and Knute Austin to be interested in his plans.  Mr. McIntosh had a general store located north-east of this school land, known as “Old McIntosh.”  When Mr. S.P. Johnson started a general store on the school land, this became known as “New McIntosh” making the “Old” and “New” rivals.  There was much excitement when the railroad came in, to see which one was to be the winner.


  • Population: 625 (2010 Census)
  • Households: 262 (2010 Census)
  • Estimated Acres of Land: 300
  • Miles of City Streets: 25
  • City of McIntosh General information:
  • Organization:    Mayor/Council/Clerk
  • City Bond Rating:  Moody’s BAA2
  • Comprehensive Land Use:  Yes
  • Locally Controlled Loan Program: Yes
  • Recycling:   Yes
  • Fire Insurance Rating:   3
  • Industrial Plans Approved By:  City Building Official



McIntosh is located in the northwestern corner of Minnesota, 100 miles south of the Canadian border and 60 miles east of North Dakota. The Red River Valley of the North forms the state border.  Maps Page

  • 50 miles west of Bemidji, MN
  • 60 miles east of Grand Forks, ND
  • 40 miles south of Thief River Falls, MN
  • 280 miles northwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • 210 miles southeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba

Access to Transportation:

  • U.S. Hwy 2 through town
  • MN Hwy 59 is 5 miles west
  • Interstate 29 is 60 miles west
  • Interstate 94 is 100 miles south
  • BNSF Railroad’s main east/west line runs through McIntosh.
  • Modern airport is located in Grand Forks, ND or Bemidji, MN.

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