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Dorothy Molter Museum

Ely, MN
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Ely
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Historic Sites
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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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98 reviews 98 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Dorothy Molter was the Root Beer Lady of the BWCA. It is implied that the root beer sold by museum gift shop is Dorothy's recipe. It is not! Dorothy did not use high fructose corn syrup! I lived in Ely when Dorothy was still alive, I think she would be appalled that they were selling this crap as hers!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I had heard of Dorothy Molter and my parents had visited her but it was fun to learn more about her. She was the last person to live in the BWCA - she moved there as a young woman and stayed to run a resort until the government declared this a wilderness area. She was a nurse and helped many... More

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had such a pleasant visit and everyone was so helpful! We so admire Dorothy! Fun to watch the bird feeding station and the root beer is the best!

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Cypress, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I had never heard of Dorothy Molter until we went to Ely. Then, when we went to this museum, my eyes were opened to read and view info about this strong and kind woman.....a modern pioneer.

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Forest Lake, mn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I had read the book, The Rootbeer Lady so was very interested in seeing how Dorothy Molter lived. Was fascinating and tour guide was very good!

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

this is an amazing place to visit and learn about the last person allowed to live on an island before the govt. take over of what is now the BWCA. Dorothy is a truth MN pioneer! They also have several good books, yummy root beer, and a tour of her reconstructed cabins.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Don't miss this cool opportunity to step back in time and visit a place that really existed. Molter was inspirational in the simplicity of kindness she offered passersby.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We loved the reconstructed cabin that belonged to this unusual woman...the "Root Beer Lady." The guide who told us of Dorothy Molter's life was interesting, entertaining, and patient with our questions. We loved the actual film of her life including her root beer bottling enterprise. We stopped in at the gift shop to get some books and other gifts for... More

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Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great historical experience that couples with a visit to the cabin that was occupied Dorothy Molter until her death.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

You have to acquaint yourself with the legendary Dorothy Molter who lived on the Isle of Pines and welcomed visitors to the Boundary Waters to her home. Enjoy the museum, which are her actual cabins (summer and winter) and the artifacts from them. Watch the film that will allow you to see her charming personality. But try that amazing root... More

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