April 30, 2014
When you stay with us at Grand Superior and we mention “town,” we are referring to Two Harbors, the nearby hub of shops, waterfront museums, conveniences, events, parks, restaurants and the place to catch the train. We like going to town and we’ll send you there, too! Two Harbors is a hop-skip-and-jump, or 8 miles, back down Highway 61 to the southwest (towards Duluth).
As you correctly guessed, there are indeed two harbors in Two Harbors. Actually there are two bays, or natural harbors, one of which was left open, while the other became a Great Lakes shipping harbor. In 1883, the southern bay, Agate Bay became the site of Dock #1, Lake Superior’s first iron ore dock and the largest in the world at that time. Agate Bay was the heart of Two Harbor’s waterfront industry, shuttling trains of iron ore from Minnesota’s Iron Range and filling ore boats destined for industrial harbors on neighboring great lakes.
Dock #1 is still in business and the parklands lining the waterfront are ideal for ship watching. On your “to do’ list, include a visit Minnesota’s only operating lighthouse, a tour aboard the historic Edna G tugboat, and a bit of history at the Lake County Historical Depot Museum and the 3M Museum (yes, that 3M was started in Two Harbors).
The 1-mile, paved Sonju Trail handily leads from Agate Bay north to Burlington Bay, the other bay. Here you can skip stones, look for agates, have a picnic and enjoy the big lake.
The Two Harbors Winter Frolic is an annual (in February) event meant to embrace the cold winter months, that we have to endure here on the North Shore, and to show that there is always fun to be had even when its cold.
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