There’s a special presentation happening today at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center. Dave Battistel has spent years exploring and documenting the history of the railroad around the Gunflint Trail and north. You’re sure to enjoy his presentation but if you can’t make it then check out his YouTube Channel.
Gunflint & Lake Superior Railroad: Logging the Boundary Waters at the Turn of the Century by Dave Battistel Sunday Afternoon Special Presentation
This is the story of a Wisconsin logging company, headquartered in Thunder Bay, who incorporated and built a railroad in Minnesota to harvest timber, and in the process created one of the most unique logging operations in North America. The railroad had no American terminus or connection; its only access was through Canada. The logs cut in Minnesota were transported to Port Arthur to be processed into lumber and were shipped to a burgeoning construction market in Canada and the United States.
All presentations are family friendly and free to the public, they will be held inside the Chik-Wauk Nature Center. Donations are appreciated.
Check out www.chikwauk.com for the full schedule for Sunday afternoon presentations.
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is located 54 miles up the Gunflint Trail turn right on to Moose Pond Drive.
Be sure to budget enough time to explore the network of nature trails crisscrossing Chik-Wauk’s 50-acre grounds located on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the museum’s many picnic benches and stay all day!