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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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Our favorite things to do at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Monday, August 7th, 2017

 

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park occupies the land surrounding the Split Rock Lighthouse, one of the most visited lighthouses in the country. The park is located outside of Two Harbors (2755 Split Rock Lighthouse Road) on the shore of Lake Superior.

The parks location offers visitors many beautiful views of The Lake and countless opportunities for hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and, in winter, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Of all of these things, five should be at the top of everyone’s to-do list.

1. Tour the lighthouse
The Lighthouse was built after many ships were lost in a fierce storm in November of 1905 and operated from 1910 until 1969. The lighthouse is open seasonally for tours and gives visitors the opportunity to view the lighthouse interior, lighthouse keeper’s home and other outbuildings on the site.

2. Visit the Pebble Beach
Pack a bag with a light lunch or just head down to the beach to skip some rocks. The beach provides excellent views of the lighthouse and is a great place to dip your toes in the water.

3. Bike the Gitchi-Gami State Trail
A 4-mile section of the paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail lies within the park. From the trail you’ll find a great view of the Middle Falls waterfall and will also catch a glimpse of the Upper and Lower Falls.

4. Hike the Split Rock River Loop Trail
With 12 miles of hiking trails within the park, there are many areas to explore. One noteworthy hike is the Split Rock River Loop Trail. What makes this trail noteworthy are its unique red rhyolite rock towers near the boundary of the park and the beautiful overlook of Lake Superior and the river valley on the east side of the trail.

5. Grab Some Binoculars and go Birding
This is an excellent place for birding, especially in the spring and fall months when many birds migrate along the shore of Lake Superior on what is known as the North Shore Birding Trail.  Split Rock State Park has been designated an Audubon Important Bird Area because of the presence of Peregrine Falcom aeries (nests). When you’re at the park, be sure to bring along a copy of the Split Rock State Park Bird Checklist in hopes that you can check off the Peregrine Falcon and many other birds.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Resources:
Park Map
Birding Checklist

 

VIEW OTHER TOP 5 LISTS:

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Tettegouche State Park
George H. Crosby Manitou State Park
Temperance River State Park
Cascade River State Park
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
Grand Portage State Park

 


 

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