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Grand Portage in Cook County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Voyageurs at Grand Portage

 
 
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By Connor Olson, September 5, 2019
1. Voyageurs at Grand Portage Marker
Inscription.  Montreal canoemen were hired to paddle to Grand Portage. Once there, each man had to carry several 90-pounds (41-kg) bundles of trade goods and supplies up the Grand Portage to Fort Charlotte, where the bundles were repacked for canoe brigades headed to 120 interior posts. The Northmen were hired to trade for furs. Each summer, they brought them back to Grand Portage, where they received their wages and signed a new contract. Rather than pay Northmen in cash, the North West Company preferred to give them credits to buy things at the company store. While the Montrealers might be at Grand Portage for several weeks, the Northmen stayed only a few days. The rendezvous was the liveliest time of year, full of "gambling, feasting, dancing, drinking & fighting," according to one observer of the time.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 47° 57.705′ N, 89° 41.11′ W. Marker
Voyageurs at Grand Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, September 5, 2019
2. Voyageurs at Grand Portage Marker
Recreated Voyageurs Camp
is in Grand Portage, Minnesota, in Cook County. Marker can be reached from Mill Creek Road 0.2 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. North West Company Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); A Warehouse for Furs, Trade Goods, and Now—Canoes (within shouting distance of this marker); The Birchbark Canoe (within shouting distance of this marker); The North West Company (within shouting distance of this marker); North West Company Fur Press (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 500 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 Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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