The Tower-Soudan Historical Society Historical Center, Tower

#1033 of 1,267 in Things to do in Minnesota
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
We are located on about an acre of land at the western entrance to the city of Tower. The center includes a museum in the historic train depot. A steam locomotive, a railway passenger car, Caboose, and homesteaders cabin. The land, steam locomotive, coach and depot were donated to the City of Tower for historical purposes by the Duluth, Mesabi & Iron Range Railroad Company.

The Depot was built in 1915 through efforts of the city, the Historical Society, and the Tower Women's Club it has been kept in near original condition. The depot not only houses a museum with hundreds of artifactsand photos but also the information service for the Lake Vermilion Resort Association.

The Homesteaders cabin was located in the woods near Smart's bay on Lake Vermilion. It was built in 1915. It was brought to Tower in the winter by hauling it across the lake.
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  • Nice park/playground with a big cool steam locomotive you can go up on. It's on a pretty little creek too. The restored train cars and train depot building were locked up to keep the Covid out, not...  more »
  • We stopped in to ask if there was records of the family farm, ended up looking at the displays and the train cars. The Staff was not able to help us locate the farm but did provide us with...  more »

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