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After big Vic and the rest of the voyageurs ceased the fur trade in the area now known as voyageurs National Park there was another influx of Europeans to the area, there was a gold rush. Beginning in the 1890s people made their way from Duluth, Ely and eventually made it to the shores of Crane Lake where they would hop aboard a steamer to Kettle Falls and eventually end up in the gold fields on and around dry weed Island and at Rainy Lake City. These miners faced very difficult conditions harsh Winters and eventually the Gold Rush ended because of the low grade ore and a bad gold market. Today you can see and hear about the history of the gold rush and evidence of it in voyageurs National Park on a voyageurs Outfitters boat tour. Check out voyageurs outfitters.com for more information.
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Although logging no longer takes place inside the boundaries of voyageurs National Park pulpwood is still logged in a sustainable manner in northern Minnesota. Long before this though loggers moved tothe area to cut the giant white pine and bring them back to ship builders on the east coast to be used as
ships Masts during the early 1800s. After that the remaining White Pine was cut because of it’s Superior strength and length which made it perfect for construction Lumber. The white pine that was cut between the North Shore of Lake Superior along Rainy river and voyageurs National Park all the way to
Lake of the Woods was used to build the growing cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul Milwaukee and Chicago. Join us on a hiking tour of voyageurs National Park to seeks out some of these native remaining
White Pine that still stand today. Your adventure is out there...
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