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Grand Portage National Monument

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Address: 170 Mile Creek Road, Grand Portage, MN 55605
Phone Number: +1 218-475-0123
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On a hot sultry day in mid-July 1802, partners of the most successful fur...

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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My husband and I really enjoyed our visit to this National Historic Site. I knew aomethibg about the fur trade in the early days of Anerica. But I didn't know the role that the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sylvania, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit to this National Historic Site. I knew aomethibg about the fur trade in the early days of Anerica. But I didn't know the role that the Ojibwe Indians played in the success of that endeavor, nor the adverse effects on them when the fur trade ended. We learned about the "hungry years"... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To bad the grounds were closed but able to stop at the center and watch a movie if it's nice can check out the dock and walk around the outside of the grounds

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had visited Grand Portage years earlier during a diving excursion to Isle Royale, but had never taken the tour of the fort. My wife an I were on a North Shore leaf viewing weekend and decided that since we were this far north we should stop and see the fort. Grand Portage is a ways from Lutsen and Grand... More 

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Erie, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

What a cool National Monument! Actors are informative and really performing the boat making, art, and gardening etc like they would have in the hey day of the Voyageurs. We got there a little late in the day after our trip to Isle Royale. The visitor center alone took our 4 kids about an hour and then another hour +... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

As a Canadian, I truly appreciated Grand Portage National Monument because it tells the history of trade between our countries even when borders were blurred. It is great place for families to learn and have fun.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

What a place to know history and beauty of the lakes. The place is loaded with culture and artifacts which gives you the slice of the life style of our an-sisters.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

I saw the awesome views of the harbor and walked the external trails. Wasn't able to go inside the structure walled off.

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Winona, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

If Minnesota's motto is "L'etoile du Nord" then this monument was be "Bijou du Nord" because a gem it is. First of all, for all you leaf peepers, the monument is open until Veteran's Day allowing you a trip up to see the leaves changing at the same time you stop here. The presentation at the main monument site is... More 

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I collect National Parks and Monuments. Out of the 37 I have visited, this is the BEST and most well done facility I have seen! The building itself is beautiful and asthetically inviting.When we walked inside, we were immediately greeted by "Sherry" from behind the counter, telling us (all within 39 seconds) about what to see in the facility, the... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

This historical site (which includes a short informational film) is wonderful. During the short fall season, the re-enactors are not present, but instead tours are offered. Our tour guide was Carl. He was wonderful and knew so much history. He told us he works at the monument making canoes as well as other things. We were enthralled with his presentation... More 

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