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Grand Portage National Monument
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 14, 2012

Our visit had to be the speed tour, we arrived at 4:30 p.m. and the park closes at 5! We quickly looked through the main visitor center at the dioramas and cultural exhibits upstairs (nicely done) we scurried across the street to the fort area where you can wander through the large home on the grounds. Inside you will see a kitchen with costumed guides who will describe how life was at the fort, show you some food that was prepared right on the grounds, or let you smell a sample of perfume that was made from the scent glands of a beaver. ..No kidding and it actually smelled good! The main dining hall is very impressive with lots of displays containing authentic dishware, animal skins, hats made from beaver fur, and the guides will explain how the fur is combed to make the hats. The grounds don't contain many buildings, but considering this is a free site, you will definitely get more than what you pay for. Behind the grounds is a large pier jetting out into Lake Superior. A lovely view of the lake before you head on down the road.

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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Very good stop for great history lesson. They have costumed guides to bring it all into prospective. Great place for children to learn a little about our history.

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Reviewed April 7, 2012

It's worth the drive up to Grand Portage if you're in Grand Marais. The drive is lovely and the National Monument worth a couple of hours of wandering around. The NPS staff inside the visitor center were very helpful and knowledgable. The little walk up to Mount Rose on a paved path with stairs offers a great view of the bay from on top.

Thank SelwaySteward
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We spent the summer of 2011 in Grand Portage. Just 6 miles from the Canadian border and just 5 miles miles from the highest waterfall in Minnesota. Grand Portage National Monument is truly awesome. The visitor center is beautiful and looks out onto Lake Superior. This facility also includes a stockade that houses a reconstruction of the Northwest Fur Co buildings....a historical kitchen with daily cooking demonstrations, a meeting hall and canoe warehouse. Costumed Rangers tell the story of the fur trade era and relationship with the Ojibwe people and Voygeurs some 200+ years ago. In August there was a Rendevous when hundreds of reenactors met at the stockade for 3 days. It was so much fun.

Thank misspat621
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Similar to most historical forts/monuments- area was the starting point for many explorers, fur traders etc who were heading west and southwest into the northern USA

Thank nanabijou
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