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Main Street in downtown Hinckley in 2007
Main Street in downtown Hinckley in 2007
Official logo of Hinckley
Location of the city of Hinckleywithin Pine County, Minnesota
Location of the city of Hinckley
within Pine County, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Pine
Incorporated (village) 1885
Incorporated (city) November 27, 1907
 • Total 3.83 sq mi (9.92 km2)
 • Land 3.78 sq mi (9.79 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
1,033 ft (315 m)
 • Total 1,800
 • Estimate 
 • Density 509.92/sq mi (196.89/km2)
 • Demonym
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-29294
GNIS feature ID 0645028

Hinckley is a city in Pine County, Minnesota, United States, located at the junction of Interstate 35 and Minnesota State Highway 48. The population was 1,800 at the 2010 census.

Hinckley's name in the Ojibwe language is Gaa-zhiigwanaabikokaag, meaning "the place abundant with grindstones" due to being located along the Grindstone River. Portions of the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation are located within and adjacent to Hinckley.

On September 1, 1894, the Great Hinckley Fire killed more than 400 people.

Hinckley is generally considered the halfway point on Interstate 35 between Minneapolis–Saint Paul and Duluth.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.83 square miles (9.92 km2), of which 3.78 square miles (9.79 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.

Interstate Highway 35 and Minnesota Highway 23 (co-signed); and Minnesota Highway 48 are two of the main routes in Hinckley. Interstate 35 runs north–south; and Highway 48 (Fire Monument Road) runs east–west. Pine County 61 passes through downtown Hinckley.

Hinckley is the home of Grand Casino Hinckley, sister casino to Grand Casino Mille Lacs; which holds an associate count equal to the population of the city of Hinckley itself.

Camp Nathanael is located 16 miles (26 km) east of Hinckley on Highway 48.


The Ojibwe Indians were the first people to settle the Hinckley area. They trapped and hunted on the land and traded furs at the Mille Lacs and Pokegama trading posts.

When European settlers came to the Hinckley area, it was a heavily forested area with thick forests of white pine, some of the largest in the state. The first railroad arrived in Hinckley in 1869; and so began a logging and railroad expansion.

Hinckley was founded as the Village of Central Station in 1885, the village was re-incorporated as the City of Hinckley in 1907. Both names were after Hinckley Township where the city is located within. Surrounding Hinckley Township was known as Central Station by the railroads because of its position halfway between the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior as well as the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Hinckley Township was named in 1870 after Isaac Hinckley, president of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad.

By 1894, Hinckley was a prosperous community that had everything needed to serve residents and the fast-expanding lumber industry.

On September 1, 1894, everything changed with a firestorm wiping out Hinckley and many northeastern Minnesota towns. Today the Hinckley Fire Museum, five blocks west of Interstate 35 in downtown Hinckley, tells the devastating story of what came to be called the Great Hinckley Fire and the town’s recovery from it. The museum is located in a restored railroad depot downtown, an exact replica of the pre-fire depot, built just after the fire.

After the fire, the burned stumps of the forests were cleared to take advantage of the now nutrient-rich soil. Hinckley’s recovery would hinge on agriculture. Some of the main crops were potatoes, fruits and vegetables. The early harvests were bountiful. Abundant clover helped feed milk cows for a brisk dairy industry.

Following the national trend in farming, Hinckley has lost most of its agricultural underpinnings.

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe opened Grand Casino Hinckley in 1992.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 618
1900 459 −25.7%
1910 673 46.6%
1920 673 0.0%
1930 682 1.3%
1940 873 28.0%
1950 902 3.3%
1960 851 −5.7%
1970 885 4.0%
1980 963 8.8%
1990 946 −1.8%
2000 1,291 36.5%
2010 1,800 39.4%
2019 (est.) 1,928 7.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,800 people, 736 households, and 409 families living in the city. The population density was 476.2 inhabitants per square mile (183.9/km2). There were 785 housing units at an average density of 207.7 per square mile (80.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.4% White, 1.1% African American, 10.3% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 5.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 736 households, of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.0% were married couples living together, 17.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.4% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the city was 32.5 years. 28.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 21.4% were from 45 to 64; and 14.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.


It is a part of Hinckley-Finlayson Public Schools. The school district was established in 1994 through the consolidation of the Hinckley and Finlayson school districts.

Notable people

The following list includes those who were either born in, or who have resided (or presently reside) in Hinckley:

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