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Leaning Out: 1937

Leaning Out: 1937

August 1937. "Abandoned store building and old sidewalk on what was the main street. Gemmel, Minnesota." Don't miss our big Fall Sale! Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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A Big Blow

I wonder which way the prevailing winds blew in Gemmel, Minn. East to West or vice versa?

Gemmel, Minnesota

Yah, shure. Yu betcha. Home of the original Ole and "Leaner" Joke. Told by a tourist from Bahstan.

Five miles

Distance between Gemmell and Mizpah ( along Highway 71.

Gemmell ghost town

According to Wikipedia, a post office called Gemmell was established in 1905, and remained in operation until 1974. The community was named for W. H. Gemmell, a railroad official. It's in Koochiching County, central and very far north in Minnesota.

For more history of Gemmell, see this article.


Ok I have to admit I laughed out loud seeing Shorpy at the bottom left, appropriately italicized. Bravo sir, bravo.

Don't open both doors at once

They might be the only thing holding it up!

Chronic Pane

I've never figured out how a building can lean that much without the windows breaking.


Streetview didn't even make it up there. (Sticks!)

Sadly today

this represents the main street of many, many towns and villages in the province of Saskatchewan.

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