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Forest History Center, Grand Rapids

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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  • We visited this fantastic forest and history exhibit on Saturday, 12 Jun 2021. Well done MHS! The staff there and exhibits are outstanding. We learned so much! The hiking trails are well groomed...  more »
  • The forest history is in a beautiful setting. The museum itself has many interesting exhibits and a history video. The best part was the lumber harvesting settlement located behind the museum. The...  more »
  • What a wonderful place. I love going every year when we are up north. It is very affordable and has such a nice visitor center and really fun logging camp. The volunteers do an amazing job of telling their stories. Climbing the fire tower is fun and the view is incredible. Go check it out!
  • Great historic re creation of early 1900s logging camp. The tour guides/actors gave an excellent presentation and explanation of life 100 years ago. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
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