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Chippewa City Church

Friday, August 11th, 2017

There is little information available about the original native residents of Chippewa, a town that used to stand just east of Grand Marais. All that is left to hint at what life was like back when the town was alive is letters and photographs taken by European Settlers that made observations of the area. Only one building, that now serves as a stark reminder of what was once there, remains: the St. Francis Xavier Church.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this church was built under the direction of Father Specht in 1895 on land donated by Antoine and Antoinette Fillison. The community raised money by hand weaving baskets, filing them with baked goods, and selling them to fellow community members. Often times, lumberjacks were high bidders!

The church served as the only Catholic Church in Grand Marais from 1895-1916, until the opening of St. Johns. As the population of Chippewa City began to fall, so did the attendance and use of the church. It held its final mass at Christmas in 1936. To this day, the church stands tall and is the only physical remnant of what used to be such a vibrant community. To visit, call the museum and ask for opportunities at 218-387-2883.

To get there: One half mile North of Grand Marais, look for the brown historical marker. Just outside of town you’ll see an old white church on your right.

 


 

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Two Harbors Breakwall

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Two Harbors Breakwall

One of Two Harbors many famous attractions, the Two Harbors breakwall, is really a spectacular piece of art. Native Americans first called this place Wass-we-winning, or “place to spear fish by torchlight”, and the first European settlers actually set up shop right here in 1856.

You will find the breakwall at the end of a parking lot in Two Harbors. It is made of giant boulders stretching out almost one-third of a mile through Agate Bay. Agate’s Bay harbor is home to the industries that were most influential in making Two Harbors known: lumber and pulpwood, commercial fishing, and iron ore industries. As you walk out to the wall you will notice dock number 1, which was the largest iron ore loading dock at the time.

dsc_0096_2The breakwall itself is extraordinary. Its huge boulders and cement walls stop the waves from crashing into the shore and give the harbor calm waters for boats to pass through. A hundred years ago the breakwall was not connected to the shore. Instead, a lighthouse keeper had to paddle out to the end to fuel the oil lamp in the lighthouse. Imagine having that job!

To get there: in Two Harbors, turn toward Lake Superior off of Highway 61 onto Waterfront Drive/6th Street. Follow the brown signs directing you to the Breakwall at Agate Bay.


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