Geological information Ryolite and Basalt dominates the area with massive cliffs over the lake formed by prehistoric Laval flows. These flows also formed agates, which are sought after by collectors.
Geological Information Not far inland is where the majority of Iron deposits in Minnesota are located. Pine forests dominate this region.
Settlement of area The area was primarily settled by miners who either worked in a nearby mine or processing plant. Many of the small mining towns never recovered from after the mines either slowed production or shut down.
Two Harbors Pop: 3,745 Two Harbors consisted of two separate communities called Agate Bay and Burlington. On the twenty-six miles of track between Duluth and Two Harbors, one can choose options for two to six hour rides through the woodlands and along the shore of Lake Superior. Two Harbors is a mining town
Silver Bay Pop: 1887 The city was founded on May 1, 1954 after previously being known as the Beaver Bay housing project. The city's main industry was refining taconite pellets to be shipped My grandparents retired and moved up there. The town has been on a gradual decline since mining operations have slowed.
Beaver Bay Pop: 181 Established in 1856, it is the oldest settlement on the north shore of Lake Superior. Hwy 61 runs straight through town
Tofte Pop 226 One of three townships located in cook county
Superior National Forest 3.9 million Acres The forest contains both true boreal forest, and a mixed conifer-hardwood forest known as the North Woods, a transition province between the northern boreal forest and deciduous forests to the south.
Tettegouche State Park Size 9,346 Acres Name stems from the Tettegouche Club, an association of local businessmen which purchased the park in 1910. A perfect place to go hiking during the day.
George H Crosby Manitou State Park Area 3320 Acres Land donated by George H. Crosby in 1955. The Park was named after Crosby and the Manitou river which runs through the park. The park was intentionally left undeveloped.
Gooseberry Falls State Park Located 13 miles NE of Two Harbors 18 miles of hiking trails located in the park The park has a series of falls leading towards Lake Superior.
Superior Hiking trail 275 mile hiking trail runs from Duluth to Canada. The path is 18-inches wide and is set in the middle of a 4 foot clearing. In December, 2000, Backpacker Magazine named the Superior Hiking Trail the trail with the "Best Trail/Camp/Shelter conditions," the trail with the "Best Signage" in the country, and one of the most scenic trails in the nation.
Settlement This area was relatively unsettled until railroads made their way through Minnesota The area is now primarily settled by farmers due to the flat geological features of the area.
Bagley Pop: 1392 County offices located in town.
Clearbrook Pop: 560 Is named from a brook running through the town Known for growing wild rice. Has three oil pipelines intersecting
McIntosh Pop: 638 When the "Thirteen Towns", 13 townships in Polk County, Minnesota, were opened for settlement in 1883, settlers homesteaded the region. King Township, in which the village of McIntosh was located, was one of those 13 townships.
Settlement Region settled by farmers after the Railroads came though. Has a dam located along HWY 75 near Odessa, MN Granite Falls is the largest city in the area.
Montevideo Pop: 5383 Established in the 18 th century by fur traders. On the edge of Montevideo stands the Camp Release State Monument. At this site, in the fall of 1862, the Dakota tribes surrendered and released 269 captives to Colonel Henry Sibley.
Granite Falls Pop 3,070 On July 25, 2000, Granite Falls was hit by a powerful tornado killing one and injuring 12.
Ortonville Pop: 1916 Contains the municipal airport. Located at southern tip of Big Stone Lake
Benson Pop: 3,240 Located along the Chippewa River. Early development strongly tied to railroad companies.
Kerkhoven Roughly 100 miles outside of Twin Cities. Incorporated in 1881 and was influenced by the railroads in growth.
Minnesota River 332 miles long Name means “sky-tinted water” or “cloudy-sky water” For over a century prior to the organization of the Minnesota Territory in 1849, the name St. Pierre had been generally used to identify the river.
Clara City - Claims to have two residential sub-divisions - Lots are priced from $2,000 a piece. -Region dominated by farming.