AAA Editor Notes
Forest History Center is 1.8 mi. w. on US 2, 1 mi. s.w. on CR 63, then 1.7 mi. s. on CR 76. A replica of a turn-of-the-20th-century logging camp, the center recaptures an era when forests played a vital role in Minnesota's history.
Costumed interpreters bring to life the daily routine of the lumberjack in 1900. Guided living-history tours include a dozen buildings from the reconstructed logging camp, ranging from the cook shack to the outhouse. Visitors can board the moored “wanigan,” which depicts life on a log drive, and then sit on the porch of a 1930s Minnesota Forest Service patrolman's cabin and lookout tower. Interactive exhibits at the interpretive center include a logging truck cab turned mini-theater that shows historic films about the state's timber industry and a video about forest fires, and displays on forest evolution and conservation.
Five miles of hiking and snowshoe trails traversing northern Minnesota woodlands offer views of the Mississippi River. Special programs are offered throughout the year, including astronomy, wild and domestic animal encounters, and various family days that include cooking demonstrations.
Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.