History Museums & Other Resources
The Gunflint Trail is rich in fabled history. This page highlights some of the local and online resources to explore to learn more about the rich legacy of the region. For the history of our lodge, go to “About Us” and visit our page History of Clearwater Historic Lodge.
Chik-Wauk Museum And Nature Center
Chik-Wauk Museum And Nature Center is a must-see for the history buff and anyone curious to learn more about the unique Gunflint Trail region. Open Memorial Day through the 3rd weekend in October, it sits on the beautiful Saganaga Lake as a centerpiece of anthropological, natural, historic, and prehistoric knowledge of the area. The museum also contains a considerable amount of information about Clearwater Historic Lodge.
Its 50 acres are interwoven with nature trails for families to explore. Check their calendar for upcoming Kids Day events and other programs, and don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs from the museum store before you leave. www.chikwaulk.com
Gunflint Trail Historical Society
This brief video is a nice introduction to the Chik-Wauk Museum and Gunflint history, produced by the Gunflint Trail Association in 2009. Learn more about the Gunflint Trail at www.gunflinttrailhistoricalsociety.org or www.gunflint-trail.com.
Cook County Historical Museum
A trip to Grand Marais is not complete without a stop to the Cook County Historical Museum. Peruse their treasure trove of old photographs and artifacts. Their Museum Store is a great resource for books on the history of the region that are hard to find elsewhere. www.cookcountyhistory.org
Gunflint Trail History Blog
Enjoy perusing this collection of stories about the Gunflint Trail and its people. In particular, check out the blog dated February 18, 2009 “Charlie Boostrom’s Caribou” about Clearwater Historic Lodge’s founder Charlie Boostrom and the reindeer he imported from Alaska as part of one of his entrepreneurial ventures. (This particular one did not succeed.) This article was sourced from Cook County Historical Society archives.