The Gunflint Trail Just Gets Better Each Day

     What a wonderful place to live.  Historical Museums, Meteorite sites and now a new archaeological find all on the Gunflint Trail.

     The USFS isn’t saying too much about the find but it could be an incredible one. 

Lee Johnson, Archaeologist on the East Zone of the Superior National Forest, headed an enthusiastic group of volunteers working on the Gunflint Trail Passport in Time Project this August.  Many of the volunteers drove from as far away as Idaho to give Lee a hand managing and interpreting cultural resources on the Superior.  These volunteers donated 480 cumulative hours of time over the project duration.  Seven district staff and three BWCAW volunteers were also involved in the venture.



Archaeology is a slow, time-consuming, precise and occasionally fruit-less discipline.  Fortunately, that did not prove to be the case this summer.  Forest Service archaeologists may have identified a fur trade era encampment mentioned by Alexander Henry the Elder in 1775.  Numerous artifacts dating to the Late British-Early American periods of the Fur Trade were recovered during archaeological excavations in the eastern BWCAW area.  More information on these finds will be forthcoming.

     Don’t forget about the meteorite impact site and tour coming up on Monday.  It’s going to be awesome! 

Mark Jirsa, University of MN Geologist, will be leading an

interpretive walk to two Sudbury meteorite impact evidence sites on

Monday, September 21.  Meet at the gravel pit on the GunflintNarrows

Road (formerly Warren‘s Road) at 4:15 PM.  (We will car-pool, if

necessary, to the parking area, then walk to the sites off the road.) 

These sites are of great significance in the world of geology, and

could potentially be made into interpretative sites.  The sites are

quickly becoming grown over, post-fire, so now is the time to view

and learn about this.


 From the University of MN Geology Department web site:


"In 2007, a layer of rock was discovered in Minnesota that is

thought to have formed during the Sudbury meteorite impact event.

The layer is exposed near GUNFLINT LAKE, nearly 500 miles west

of the impact site at Sudbury. It is sandwiched between

the Gunflint Iron Formation below, and slate of the Rove Formation

above. Both of these formations were deposited as muddy,

oceanic sediments. Nearly a billion years later, these rocks were

intruded by magma (Logan Intrusion) as part of a major continental

rifting event."


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