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Embarrass in Saint Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Embarrass Co-op

 
 
Embarrass Co-op marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, July 27, 2017
1. Embarrass Co-op marker
Inscription. The Embarrass Cooperative Association was formed in 1909 by a small group of residents in response to economic insecurity and low prices for their produce. It sold food, supplies, clothing, hardware, and even forest and farm products on behalf of its members to markets in larger towns. During the Depression years, the co-op was credited with saving many Finnish farming families from starvation and bankruptcy by supplying and accepting food for sale when others had stopped.

The local co-op store was more than a retail business. The cooperative movement represented a way of life. This was especially true in rural areas where co-op halls were the site of socials, concerts, plays, lectures and dances. The Embarrass Cooperative continued to serve the community until December 1963 when it was destroyed by fire.
 
Location. 47° 39.497′ N, 92° 11.866′ W. Marker is in Embarrass, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Marker is on County Highway 21, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. At old road corner bypassed by Highway 21's smooth curve to make a 90 turn. Marker is in this post office area: Embarrass MN 55732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alma Norha Playhouse (approx. mile away); Nelimark Sauna

Embarrass Co-op marker and ruins of front steps image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, July 27, 2017
2. Embarrass Co-op marker and ruins of front steps
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Apostolic Lutheran Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Hanka Homestead (approx. 2.2 miles away); Longyear Drill Site (approx. 7.9 miles away); Edmund J. Longyear (approx. 8.1 miles away); This Piece of Rock (approx. 8.1 miles away); First Diamond Drill Hole in the State of Minnesota (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Embarrass.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2017, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2017, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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