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Minnesota State Highway 1 is a highway in northwest and northeast Minnesotamarker, which runs from North Dakota Highway 54 at the North Dakotamarker state line (at the Red Rivermarker in Oslomarker) and continues east to its eastern terminus at its intersection with Minnesota Highway 61 at the unincorporated town of Illgen Citymarker in Beaver Bay Townshipmarker on the North Shore of Lake Superiormarker. At in length, Highway 1 is the longest state route in Minnesota.

Highway 1 passes through the cities and communities of:

Route description

State Highway 1 serves as an east-west arterial route between Oslomarker, Warrenmarker, Thief River Fallsmarker, Red Lakemarker, Northomemarker, Cookmarker, Towermarker, Elymarker, and Beaver Bay Townshipmarker.

The route passes through the counties of:

State Highway 1 passes through the following forests:

The route runs concurrent with State Highway 169 for from Vermilion Lake Townshipmarker (west of Towermarker) to Elymarker.

State Highway 1 also runs concurrent with State Highway 89 for on the southwest side of Red Lake. This is the longest concurrency with another state highway within Minnesota.


Most of State Highway 1 was authorized in 1933, except for a section between U.S. 75 and State Highway 32 at Thief River Falls.

The route was given the Highway 1 designation because it was one of the longest trunk highways, and would allow re-use of the Route 1 markers removed from along U.S. 61 and U.S. 65 in 1934.

As recently as 1963, significant portions of Highway 1 were unpaved.

Highway 1 still had an unpaved segment in 1996, between U.S. 53 and State Highway 169 in northern Saint Louis County. At that point it was swapped with paved Saint Louis County Road 22.


  • Adam Froehlig (December 1, 2002). Minnesota Highway 1. MN Highway Endings. Accessed August 27, 2004.
  • Steve Riner (July 26, 2003). Details of Routes 1-25. Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Accessed August 27, 2004.

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