Forest History Center

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Forest History Center
Sod-roofed cabin at the Forest History Center
Forest History Center is located in Minnesota
Forest History Center
Location of Forest History Center
LocationNear U.S. Hwys 169 and 2
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Coordinates47°13′48″N 93°33′58″W / 47.2300°N 93.5662°W / 47.2300; -93.5662

The Forest History Center is one of 26 sites run by the Minnesota Historical Society. Located in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the center focuses on displaying the historical and cultural impact that Minnesota's forests have had on people and the community. Historically, logging was a large economic driver, presently there is a large use of Minnesota forests for recreational purposes. The center allows visitors to see this changing relationship through exhibits, films, tours, historical reenactments, and other educational and recreational programs.


Interpretive Center[edit]

The Interpretive Center houses exhibits and historical artifacts that relate to Minnesota Forests. The Center is divided up into sections representing different themes and time periods. Sections include:

  • The Logging Era
  • "Goods" from the Woods
  • Forest Forecasting
  • Forest Industries
  • Forest Recreation
  • CCC Era
  • Fire in the Forest, a multi-media presentation about the 1918 Cloquet Fire

Logging Camp[edit]

The Logging Camp is a recreation of a typical logging camp of 1900. Costumed interpreters reenact logging camp processes as well as interact with visitors and tell stories.


Other features[edit]

  • Forest Lookout Tower
  • 1930's Era Minnesota Forest Service Cabin
  • A floating cookshack

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