Forest History Center – Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Do you want first hand experience on what it was like to live in a logging camp in the 1900’s? At the Forest History Center you will have the opportunity to experience life by walking back in time to Northwoods #1, an authentically recreated white pine logging camp complete with cook shack, bunkhouse, blacksmith shop, office wanigan, filer’s shack and horse barn.
You will be able to stop and visit with the cook, clerk, bull cook, blacksmith and other lumberjacks who may be in camp. Would you like to try your hand at sawing or perhaps pet the Percheron draft horses?
You can wander down to the 1901 Mississippi River Wanigan, drop in on the 1934 Forest Service patrolman and get a bird’s eye view of the forests from atop the 100 foot fire tower (be ready for the climb, it’s not for the weak of heart of those that don’t like heights.)
Explore the visitor center’s interactive exhibits and browse the fits shop featuring items unique to northern Minnesota. Stroll the nearly 5 miles of accessible trails and wind throughout the beautiful forests and along the river’s edge. If you want a special nature program you need to call ahead to find out when they are being held.
The hours of operation for summer, 2010 are:
Tuesday throught Saturday 11am to 4pm – June 8th through Labor Day Weekend (yes, we are open the entire Labor Day Weekend)
Summer Adm. rates: $8 Adults (18 to 64) $6 Seniors (65+) and active military and students with ID – Children (6 to 17) $5.00 , children 5 and under free, MN Historical Society Members Free.
Winter hours: M-F 9am to 4pm – Adm Adults $4, Sr.A $3, Children $2.50.
Location: 2609 County Rd. 76, Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744