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Forest History Center, Grand Rapids

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#19 of 42 in Historic Sites in Minnesota
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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.FeaturesInterpretive CenterThe 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 WoodsForest ForecastingForest IndustriesForest RecreationCCC EraFire in the Forest, a multi-media presentation about the 1918 Cloquet FireLogging CampThe 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 featuresForest Lookout Tower1930's Era Minnesota Forest Service CabinA floating cookshack
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  • This is a super cool place right here if you come at the right time! When they have all the actors their playing the part of old time loggers and such you'll have a blast! And by god climb the fire to...  more »
  • Great place to visit, learn about the area history. Great actors, Nice that you can also do things that they are showing you. Very relaxed environment. Not super busy that you can't see or move around...  more »
  • The actors do a great job of recreating what life was like back at the turn of the century. Manual labor and skill were the key to survival.  more »
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  • Reasonable priced, very interesting and fun for kids and adults to learn the Forestry History Life! I love the narrative tour and you are able to climb the Forestry tower to view the countryside!
  • Take the tour! You learn a lot, and it is great for kids! Climb the fire tower and check out the visitor center as well!
  • Great set up and demonstrations. Really interesting history.
  • Interesting place. Worth the visit.
  • Love this place because it has a lot of information about northern Minnesota woods.