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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Grand Portage in Cook County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

North West Company Depot

North West Company Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, September 5, 2019
1. North West Company Depot Marker
Inscription.  "All the buildings within the Fort are sixteen in number...Six of these buildings are Store Houses for the company's Merchandise and Furs, etc., the rest are dwelling houses shops compting and Mess House..."
John Macdonell 1793

"June 14th Saturday. Mr. J. Clarke & I are placed in the General Shop where we deal out to the People Dry Goods, Rum, Flour Sugar, Butter & Meat etc. etc....

"June 15, Sunday...the labouring People have all Day been employed in Making and pressing Packs of Furs to be sent to Canada...

"24th Tuesday, I along with several other Clerks am busily employed in making Packs...

"July 4th - In the Daytime the Natives were allowed to Dance in the Fort, and to whom the Coy. made a present of thirty six Gallons of Shrub..." (Shrub consisted of orange or lemon juice, sugar, and rum.)
Daniel William Harmon 1800
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1793.
Location. 47° 57.708′ 

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N, 89° 41.086′ W. Marker is in Grand Portage, Minnesota, in Cook County. Marker is on Mill Creek Road, 0.1 miles south of Store Road. Located at the Grand Portage National Monument. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Mill Creek Rd, Grand Portage MN 55605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Birchbark Canoe (here, next to this marker); Voyageurs at Grand Portage (within shouting distance of this marker); North West Company Fur Press (within shouting distance of this marker); A Warehouse for Furs, Trade Goods, and Now—Canoes (within shouting distance of this marker); The North West Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Guard the Gate (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Grand Portage (about 400 feet away); Naming This Place (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Portage.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2020, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 45 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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