Near Two Harbors in Lake County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Building the Wall
It is 300 feet long, 15-25 feet high, 12 feet wide at the base, and was designed after a castle.
Beginning on the western end, the enrollees expanded the wall until it tied into the bridge.
Stone was quarried from east Beaver Bay. Some of these rocks. . .
. . . weigh over 7 tons!
Flatbed truck with derrick
The great derrick was built and designed by the camp blacksmith. It was used to transport the materials to the lower level.
Italian masons taught CCC enrollees how to select, hand cut, and fit together the stones.
One of the final sections to be completed was a massive stairway leading to the main falls.
To learn more about the "castle," see sign by upper retaining wall.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1936.
Location. 47° 8.562′ N, 91° 28.135′ W. Marker is near Two Harbors, Minnesota, in Lake County. Located in Gooseberry Falls State Park by the lower retaining wall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3206 Highway 61 East, Two Harbors MN 55616, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Castle in the Park (a few steps from this marker); Geology Complicates Bridge Foundation (within shouting distance of this marker); Having Fun on the North Shore / Cruisin' on the Shore (within shouting distance of this marker); Cooperation Helps Build a Park / We Built this Park. (within shouting distance of this marker); Gooseberry Falls CCC Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); "C.C.C. Worker" (within shouting distance of this marker); Ancient Rivers & Lakes (within shouting distance of this marker); CCC Camp Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Two Harbors.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 21, 2022. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2022.