7 10, 2021

Duluth Haunted Ship

2021-10-25T16:52:29+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth, Spooky Places on the North Shore|

Duluth Haunted Ship is BACK! For many years, for the month of October, the William A Irvin is transformed into the Haunted Ship. However, it's been a few years since the Irvin has welcomed ghouls, ghosts, and other creatures of horror. Luckily, this year, Duluth Haunted Ship once again returns to Canal Park! It's Been Three Long Years! The Haunting of the William A Irvin was an area hit for years until 2018. That year, the William A Irvin was moved from the Minnesota Slip in Canal Park to dry dock in Superior, Wisconsin. She made her move in September, [...]

8 10, 2020

Taconite Harbor: A North Shore Ghost Town

2021-02-15T20:15:20+00:00Spooky Places on the North Shore|

In the 1950s, a bustling little town sprung up along the shore of Lake Superior.  The tiny two-block town was built by the Erie Mining Company. Its purpose was to house the employees of the nearby taconite plant and their families.  22 pre-fabricated homes were brought in on trucks and lined either side of the street in this picturesque town. The town was called Taconite Harbor, and from 1957 until 1990 it had its ups and downs.  Finally, in 1990 the town ceased to be. Taconite Harbor became one of the North Shore's most well-known ghost towns. An Affordable Town for Young Families [...]

5 10, 2020

Hauntings on Isle Royale

2021-02-15T20:19:42+00:00Spooky Places on the North Shore|

There are a few stories of hauntings on Isle Royale.  The remote island on Lake Superior has been the home of numerous untimely deaths– mostly surrounding the copper mine that once existed on the island. However, one of the earliest deaths that have often been associated with a haunting, happened to a man named Charlie Mott in 1845. The Legend of Charlie and Angelique Mott When you start discussing possible hauntings on Isle Royale, conversations quickly turn to the legend of Charlie and Angelique Mott. Charlie was a voyageur and prospector. He was hired to survey Isle Royale for copper deposits in hopes [...]

5 10, 2020

Haunted Split Rock Lighthouse

2021-02-25T16:51:05+00:00Spooky Places on the North Shore|

Rumors have always swirled that Split Rock Lighthouse was haunted by past lighthouse keepers and their families. Many ghost stories surround Split Rock Lighthouse and the surrounding State Park. Have you ever had a ghostly encounter while visiting? As it turns out, I have! The Happy Spirits of Split Rock Lighthouse While no one met an untimely end to their life on the grounds of Split Rock Lighthouse, one life was lost in the sinking of the Madeira. This is what sparked the construction of the Lighthouse on Split Rock Point. While the lighthouse had a dark beginning, it was [...]

5 10, 2020

Haunted Glensheen Mansion

2021-02-19T19:15:17+00:00Spooky Places on the North Shore|

Sitting along the shores of Lake Superior is a beautiful classic-style mansion known as the Glensheen Mansion. This well-known home is available for visitors to tour. Although the architecture and interior design is beautiful, many come to the mansion for a different reason. There are rumors that Glensheen Mansion is haunted. A Brief History Glensheen Mansion is a beautiful home in Duluth, former home to the Congdon family.  The Congdon’s were a wealthy family who donated a lot of time and money to various programs and charities in the Duluth area. The Congdons were respected and beloved in the community [...]

5 10, 2020

Chippewa City

2021-02-19T17:24:55+00:00Spooky Places on the North Shore|

A Small, Thriving Community Drive through the town of Grand Marais and right as you are leaving, just as the speed limit picks back up to 60, you’re there.  At what remains of Chippewa City. Chippewa City was a thriving little village founded in the 1880s. By the 1890s it was home to about 100 families and growing. There are a few well-known residents of Chippewa City that North Shore visitors will likely recognize the names of. John Beargrease, made famous for his mail delivery route and subsequent sled dog race that bears his name, lived here with his family [...]

5 10, 2020

Mineral Center

2021-02-15T20:45:47+00:00Spooky Places on the North Shore|

Mineral Center, Cook County Minnesota Before the logging rush of the 1940s, the area experienced the Mineral Rush at the turn of the century. In the 1880s and 1890s settlers were attracted to the areas along Lake Superior’s shoreline. The communities now known as French River and Knife River were developed during this time. Then, the passage of the Nelson Act in 1889 opened up areas of the Grand Portage Indian Reservation to white settlers. The Mineral Rush moved north. One of the most well-known settlements that were born during the mineral rush along the North Shore was Mineral Center. [...]

5 10, 2020

Sawbill Landing

2021-02-22T22:19:27+00:00Spooky Places on the North Shore|

Sawbill Landing, Lake County Minnesota It turns out, Forest Center was not the only community to spring up deep in the Northwoods during the 1940s lumber boom. There were more than half a dozen logging camps that dotted the northland during this time.  Sawbill Landing is another one that was founded in the late 1940s, thrived for two decades, then vanished. The Birth of Sawbill Landing In the case of Sawbill Landing, however, the community was not built by a lumber company. Rather, it was built by families who chose to create their own, independent town.  They chose the landing [...]

5 10, 2020

Forest Center

2021-02-19T18:54:15+00:00Spooky Places on the North Shore|

Forest Center, Lake County Minnesota In 1949 the Tomahawk Timber Company created the town of Forest Center along the southern shore of Lake Isabella in Lake County. The town was built to house employees and their families working the nearby logging operation and lumber mill. At its peak, the community was home to 250 residents and over 50 homes.  The company also built a school, a restaurant, a coffee shop, a recreation hall, a general store, two churches, and a post office. An Isolated Community Located about 40 miles from Ely, the community was isolated from the rest of the [...]

3 01, 2020

SS William A Irvin

2021-02-25T18:28:35+00:00Activities & Attractions, Duluth, History, Spooky Places on the North Shore|

The SS William A Irvin is a freighter that was named after William A Irving The Vice President of U.S. Steel. She was a flagship of the company fleet from her launch in the depths of the depression in 1938 until 1975 and then was a general workhorse of the fleet until her retirement in 1978. The SS William A. Irvin is a well-maintained example of a classic laker, and a prime example of a straight decker, as she has no self-unloading system. History She was launched 21 November 1937 at the yards of the American Ship Building Company in Lorain, Ohio. [...]

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