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“A Great History Experience”

Forest History Center
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Owner description: Discover the past, present and future of Minnesota's forests through guided tours of a 1900s era logging camp and hands-on environmental learning programs. Board the moored river "wanigan," a floating cook shack, take a seat on the porch of a 1930s Minnesota Forest Service patrolman's cabin, climb a 100-foot fire tower and explore the site's self-guided trails.
Reviewed November 25, 2013

We have visited several times since the beginning and it only gets better with time. A genuine interpretation of the tall timber days in Northern Minnesota.

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"logging industry"
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"great job"
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"hiking trails"
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"any age"
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"two hours"
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"a hoot"
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Having come from a family of Great Northwoods Loggers (my grandfather and great-grandfather were "river pigs", aka "river rats") on the Bigfork River, the Forest History Center provides an excellent look into the past for anyone interested in the legacy of Northern Minnesota. I enjoyed spending time in the Cook Shack, the cabins, and checking out the Wannigan. It really brings to life what life must have been like with few comforts and hard work. Our ancestors were a very tough breed.

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

This is a great interactive experience for families. It's run by the Minnesota Historical Society and is very well put together. We were greeted on the patio by a game of Tree Ring Jeopardy which the kids loved! The exhibits inside are very educational in a fun way. Outside you walk along the wooded path to a replica logging camp. There are real horses and people dressed in period costume in a kitchen, bunkhouse, smith shop, etc.. You can talk to them and ask questions.

It's a lot to take in and worth a couple of hours.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We spent over 3 hours touring the logging camp. We truly enjoyed visiting with the "cast of characters" and learning about life in a logging camp. They have done such a tremendous job in making this interesting and pleasant. Would definitely recommend.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I promised my dad I would take him to the FHS for Father's Day. We went on a Saturday in July, brought lunch to eat beforehand in the picnic area. The interpretive center was excellent, like a mini-museum. We didn't participate in any of the classes but took the tour to the recreated logging camp. There's discounts for Seniors ($7.00) and children. The "actors" or interpreters were all excellent and we really enjoyed ourselves. It might be a bit boring for very young children. I learned a lot and it was a fun day.

1  Thank Jill C
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