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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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Similar to Fort Williams in Thunder Bay, but donation driven, this was a good spot to stop. There... read more

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TipsFrmMN
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Bloomington, Minnesota
History of Grand Portage comes alive

A visit to Grand Portage National Monument in northern MN on U.S. rt. 61 will enable you to see... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Frank M
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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 yesterday

Similar to Fort Williams in Thunder Bay, but donation driven, this was a good spot to stop. There is a vistor center with several artifacts and information about the area and the voyageurs. At the site, they were baking pies in the outdoor oven and...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

A visit to Grand Portage National Monument in northern MN on U.S. rt. 61 will enable you to see history "come alive." The visitor center has displays, a very good short film and knowledgeable staff on hand to fill you in with the facts. You...More

Thank Frank M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit the museum first for an excellent film on the history of the Grand Portage as well as viewing the exhibits. Then allow some time to visit the adjoining reconstructed fort on Lake Superior. The fort has a number of buildings and excellent interpretive costumed...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great stop. The staff was knowledgeable. They really cared to teach our young children about the fur trade. The building our cool and a great view ! You wont regret stopping by

Thank Jason C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reenactors were very friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about daily life in the high-end fur trading posts. Very family-friendly and free!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We debated doing the North Shore just up to Grand Marais and I'm glad we kept going to Grand Portage. Nice visitor's center. The monument's employees were very informative. The history was pretty interesting as I knew very little about it...and now I'll read more....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped there on our way to the Grand Portage State Park. The visitor center was amazing with lots of displays and good things in their gift shop. The grounds were on wonderful shape and the heritage area with the wooden fence surrounding it was...More

Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time to this site and was worth the drive. So much history and shared knowledge in the visitor center. The staff are very passionate about the rich history. We toured the fort as well. Nice walking area. Take this one in, you won't be...More

Thank don38506
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Heritage Center was well worth the trip. There is a movie to see about the significance of Grand Portage. The Ojibwe tribe and the English traded items here, the grand meeting place. Anyone who wants to understand the relationship between native people and the Europeons...More

Thank Susan M
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Reviewed May 16, 2018

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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