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Grand Portage National Monument

170 Mile Creek Rd, Grand Portage, MN 55605-3012
+1 218-475-0123
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Had time to kill so went for a short drive across the boarder to see this. Unfortunately the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
dambanker
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Toronto, Canada
Excellent Film

The museum is quite small, but well done. Do not miss the film. It is really good. Better than... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Experience78
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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On a hot sultry day in mid-July 1802, partners of the most successful fur trade company in North America, the North West Company, met in their majestic Great Hall at Grand Portage and voted to move their summer headquarters from the protected shores of Lake Superior’s Grand Portage Bay 50 miles north to the mouth of the Kaministquia River. Almost from the time the vigorous Anglo-Scot Nor’Westers had organized at Grand Portage in the mid 1780’s an emerging United States wanted them out. The July vote would mean that 18 buildings constructed from native squared spruce, pine and birch and over 2,000 cedar pickets surrounding them would be torn down, transported north in company schooners and used in constructing the new Fort William far from U.S. soil. As early as 2,000 years ago, Indian Nations probably used Kitchi Onigaming “the Great Carrying Place” to travel from summer homes on Lake Superior to winter hunting grounds in the interior of Minnesota and Ontario. In 1729 Cree guide Auchagah drew a map for some of the first French fur traders showing them how to reach the "western sea" of Lake Winnipeg. Other Europeans would follow, in time, Grand Portage became the gateway into rich northern fur bearing country connecting remote interior outposts to lucrative international markets. Reopened in 1951 as Grand Portage National Historic Site, designated a National Monument in 1958, its nearly 710 acres lying entirely within the boundaries of Grand Portage Ojibwe Indian Reservation, the reconstructed depot celebrates fur trade and Ojibwe lifeways. Today as yesterday, the people, the cultures and the land have much to share.
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170 Mile Creek Rd, Grand Portage, MN 55605-3012
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had time to kill so went for a short drive across the boarder to see this. Unfortunately the facility there was not open due to some US government dispute, however I still could walk up the old trading post and view the harbor. I was...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is quite small, but well done. Do not miss the film. It is really good. Better than typical for such films. I even bought a copy of it for a gift for a family member. Behind the museum is a great path that...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

This is a neat place to see. It is not open in the winter, but see visited in last summer. We drove by it when we were in Grand Portage. It is a neat place to see.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

If you like history your going to love this one, a recreation of the first trading post, that includes, Canada, once known as the Hudson Bay trading post, later to be known as the Northwest Trading post, takes you back to era, just beautiful, with...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

Along with all the other great sites to see along Minnesota`s north shore, this is a must do. It is on the original site of the fur trading fort, that was the last stop off before the traders made the long portage into what was...More

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

grand portage is a great place to stop for gas and stretch before either coming or going to Canada or the casino. This national Monument has excellent hands on learning experiences for all particularly on weekends when knowledgeable volunteers are present. How to build a...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

I knew nothing about this area before this visit. It is a well thought out monument. Every aspect of it is a history learning experience. Information that any American citizen should be aware of. Took me back to my grade school days when we learned...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

an interesting historical location on the shores of Lake Superior. Knowledgeable docents interested in explaining the life of trappers and natives living on the shores of Lake Superior; well worth exploring for an hour

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

We stopped here on our way to Grand Portage National Park and was not disappointed. We joined a tour of the site and heard all about life in the compound during the 1700s. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and we came away knowing a...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

When you visit the Grand Portage National Monument you'll notice a signpost just behind the fort for the "Grand Portage" itself. This is the beginning of the actual portage the fur traders used to transport their canoes and goods between Lake Superior and the old...More

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I believe a sign said only service dogs were allowed on the trails.
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