Forest History Center, Grand Rapids

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At the Forest History Center, come face-to-face with the past, present, and future of the Minnesota's logging industry. Take a two-block walk into our white pine logging camp and travel back more than 100 years to December 15, 1900. Our Interpretive Center allows you a look at the forest and everything related to it, from the many products made from wood to logging equipment and artifacts. Stroll down to the river and see our floating cook shack and bunkhouse called a River Wanigan. Explore the history of fire and fire-fighting in the forest, and scale our 100-foot fire tower to see the forest and the panoramic view of Grand Rapids. You are sure to have a good time!
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  • This was a great stop if you like history and how early settlers in an area lived and developed the area into what it became. The old logging camp, with interpreters to tell the story, was very well p...  more »
  • Friendly and welcoming staff gave us a map of all the surrounding trails. The trails were freshly groomed that day after a huge snowfall. What a winter wonderland!  more »
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  • Wow great fun and staff well knowledge had the best time and even learned a few things.kids were immerse in the tour as well
  • We went during there Christmas event and it was a blast! The actors in the logging camp were so fun and entertaining. My kids loved helping make donuts (and eating them). The history center was fun, with engaging activities, lots to learn, and a really awesome video experience. Highly recommend visiting.

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