DescriptionOn Sept. 1, 1894, one of the nation's worst forest fires on record ravaged east-central Minnesota and destroyed the small town of Hinckley. In 4 hours the fire took more than 400 lives and ravaged 400 square miles of timberland. The Eastern Minnesota and St. Paul and Duluth railroads were credited with saving hundreds of lives.
A 63-mile segment of the Willard Munger State Trail begins in Hinckley and ends in Duluth. The paved trail, used by walkers, bicyclists, inline skaters and snowmobilers, passes through exceptionally scenic Jay Cooke State Park, near Banning State Park, and through the Finlayson, Willow River and General C.C. Andrews state forests. The northeast portion of the trail offers views of the St. Louis River and the ports of Duluth and Superior.
Visitor InfoHinckley Convention & Visitors Bureau 109 Tobies Mill HINCKLEY, MN 55037. Phone:(320)384-0126 or (800)952-4282
Things to SeeHinckley Fire Museum