1 01, 2020

Burlington Bay

2021-02-25T21:58:54+00:00Activities & Attractions, Beaches, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

The small town of Burlington Bay, which consisted of a sawmill and a few shacks near present-day Two Harbors, was built by David A. Currier and Charles Hibbard in the mid-1800s. The two men initially came to the area to salvage lumber after a nearby forest fire ripped through the area. A steam-powered sawmill and dock were built on the east side of the bay to support their efforts. At the peak existence in 1957, there were 25 residents. Just a few short years later, after the timber salvage was over, the sawmill was moved to Duluth. Eventually, the town [...]

1 01, 2020

Agate Bay Railroad Tracks

2021-02-25T21:59:54+00:00Activities & Attractions, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

If you’re walking along the shore of Agate Bay in Two Harbors near the lighthouse, you might stumble upon something strange, the Agate Bay Railroad Tracks that begin at the edge of the water and lead into the harbor. It’s a strange sight that will immediately make you wonder about the history of the tracks and why they lead into the water. No, there is not an underwater train that you can ride. Instead, this set of railroad tracks once served the booming commercial fishing village of Agate Bay, and now it sits eerily disappearing into the depths of Lake [...]

1 01, 2020

Kelsey Beach

2021-02-25T22:02:54+00:00Activities & Attractions, Beaches, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Just north of Two Harbors, across the street from the legendary Betty’s Pies (which we highly recommend) is a small, dark cobblestone beach named Kelsey Beach. The beach is made up of fascinating forms of stilled lava and parts of it are covered with small cobblestones. It is rumored that Kelsey Beach has some sort of mystical power. Visitors often say that the beach is a sanctuary that fills them with peace and tranquility each time they visit. Nearby, the Stewart River flows under a concrete arch bridge that was built in 1924. The river is named after the settler, [...]

1 01, 2020

Gitchi Gami State Trail

2021-08-09T17:38:09+00:00Activities & Attractions, Beaver Bay/Silver Bay/Finland, Grand Marais, Lutsen, Schroeder/Tofte, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

When the Gitchi Gami State Trail is completed, it will have 89 miles of paved recreational trail for anyone to enjoy. It will range from Two Harbors all the way to Grand Marais and be open to a variety of recreational uses like biking, jogging, walking, and inline skating. It will be a beautiful way for people to explore the North Shore and still get exercise while doing so! As of now, 29 miles are complete, including some segments from Silver Bay to Beaver Bay and some found between Tofte and Lutsen. This year (2021) another section was completed connecting [...]

1 01, 2020

Pilings at Split Rock River

2021-08-09T14:47:24+00:00Activities & Attractions, Beaches, History, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Have you ever driven northeast on Highway 61 between Two Harbors and Silver Bay and wondered about the history of the pilings that stick out of the water at the mouth of the Split Rock River? If so, you’re not alone (and you’re also in luck)! The pilings at Split Rock River date back from the late 19th and early 20th century. This was when the Split Rock Lumber Company, a subsidiary of the Merrill and Ring Lumber Company, logged the area. The company logged Norway, red and white pine. The company built a railroad 10 miles long to carry [...]

1 01, 2020

Agate Beach

2021-02-25T22:14:35+00:00Activities & Attractions, Beaches, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

When most people think of Gooseberry Falls State Park, they think of the well-known falls that reside within the park. Though the falls are incredibly beautiful, they also undermine another gem in the park: Agate Beach. Agate Beach is found at the mouth of the Gooseberry River where the water from the river meets Lake Superior. As its name suggests, the beach is a great spot for searching for prized Lake Superior Agates. One of the most interesting things about the mouth of the river is its ever-changing beach and sandbar. Each season affects the formation differently. Melting snow in the spring [...]

1 01, 2020

Day Hill Hiking Trail

2021-02-25T22:32:12+00:00Activities & Attractions, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Located within the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, the Day Hill Hiking Trail is a short, but steep hike that ends with amazing views of the surrounding area. It is one of the many trails located within this state park, but is often referred to as the best as it's easy enough for intermediate hikers, but not too easy for those who enjoy something challenging. Once you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with not only the amazing views but also with an interesting piece of history. The Day Hill Hiking trail itself spurs from the parking lot and takes [...]

1 01, 2020

Water Tower at Gooseberry Falls

2021-02-25T22:35:11+00:00Activities & Attractions, History, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Just 13 miles north of Two Harbors stands one of the most unique and well-crafted pieces of work on the North Shore. Without knowing its history, the water tower at Gooseberry Falls appears out of place and somewhat mysterious. Built from red and blue granite, it looks so unique, some even say it's from a fairy tale. The water tower at Gooseberry Falls State Park itself stands around 25 feet tall with a 17-foot diameter. Housing a 10,000-gallon tank that is no longer in use, it served as a water source many years ago because there was no well nearby. [...]

1 01, 2020

Two Harbors Iron Ore Docks

2021-10-05T19:47:01+00:00Activities & Attractions, History, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

Have you seen the strange man-made structures that tower over Agate Bay in Two Harbors and wondered what they were? If so, you’ve come to the right place. The structures are the Two Harbors Iron Ore Docks located inside the bay. They offer protection via the two breakwaters located between the bay and Lake Superior. The breakwaters total about 2,500 feet and help stop prevailing waves from the south. Two Harbors Iron Ore Docks are made out of steel and is over 1300 feet long and seven stories tall. The immense size of the docks allows ships to pull alongside [...]

1 01, 2020

Two Harbors Breakwall

2021-08-04T20:47:32+00:00Activities & Attractions, Two Harbors/Castle Danger|

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 spearfish by torchlight”. The first European settlers actually set up shop right here in 1856. You will find the Two Harbors breakwall at the end of a parking lot along the Sonju Trail in Two Harbors. It is made of giant boulders stretching out almost one-third of a mile through Agate Bay. Agate Bay Harbor is home to the industries that were most influential in making Two Harbors known: lumber and pulpwood, [...]

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