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Tom's Logging Camp

Goats Photo, Minnesota, United States

If you enjoy history or are interested in logging or fishing, this is a good place to go. It is in between Duluth and Two Harbors right off Old Scenic Highway 61 (the desired route between Duluth and Two Harbors). It gives a good idea of what life used to be like along the North Shore. It is an outdoor museum set up as a reconstructed logging camp.

There are eight historically authentic buildings to visit, spread throughout a conifer forest: a trading post, museum, harness shop, shoemaker's shop, horseshoeing stall, horse barn and blacksmith shop, bunkhouse and cook's shanty, the Knife River Fishing Museum, and a Finnish sauna. Also, make sure to check out the Gravity House.

There are also a lot of animals to feed including llamas, goats, and trout, so bring some quarters. You won't be able to resist feeding the goats. Supposedly there are tame deer along the hiking trail but we didn't see them. There were also pet rabbits hopping around the camp at their leisure.

We enjoyed the fact that the entire time we were there we only saw a couple other people and no one was watching over us. Admission is a few dollars per person (less for children). There is also a gift and souvenir shop to browse (the trading post). You do not need to pay admission to get into the shop. There are animal mountings on the walls as well as traps and horns. There is also a large selection of souvenirs such as moccasins, handicraft from the Sioux and Chippewa tribes, jewelry, pottery, dolls, and jams and syrups native to Minnesota.

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