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Although it's still home to several residents and a church camp, there are abandoned buildings and vehicles throughout the lost town of Oylen on the eastern edge of Wadena County.

Wadena County's 'lost towns'

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During its heyday in the late 1800s, Shell City was a bustling community along the banks of the Shell River in northern Wadena County.


The town - also known as Kindred - boasted a post office, hotel, school and several stores. A factory produced buttons from the abundant clams at the bottom of the river, and a stagecoach line transported wheat to the railroad at Verndale, 40 miles to the south.

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