The McKinnon of Today
From a predominately Finnish community in 1992, the year I moved
into it, McKinnon has only one full time resident of Finnish descent.
the others have either passed or moved. The present population has most-
ly of Southern roots.
The open farmland has been replaced by tree farms. The lumber companies
harvest the neatly planted rows of genetically modified pines about
twelve years. The landscape changes from a view of twenty five or thirty
foot trees to a clear field. The year after the harvest new seedlings
planted in neat rows by a machine. In the ensuing years the view is
ually obscured by the growing trees until they reach maturity. The cycle
then repeats itself.
There only remaining buildings central to the Finnish community
past are the hall, the schoolhouse, and the Sauna. The schoolhouse (not
shown in the historic pictures) is now used for storage. The Sauna is
longer owned by a Finn has had the wall used to separate the sexes re-
moved. The hall was last used for a community
gathering in 2009 to
The McKinnon of today is in a low tax area. This means that the cost of
living is quite reasonable. The Southern residents of the Jesup are
friendly and willing to help. The heat is not as oppressive as in
If anybody is considering a place to
retire with signs of a Finnish past in-
cluding saunas, there are two very nice properties and two low cost ones