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

The Grand Portage

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 14, 1995
1. The Grand Portage Marker
Inscription.  The Grand Portage, or Great Carrying Place, was a key 18th century link between the Pigeon River and Lake Superior, making it also a vital connection between Montreal and the rich fur-bearing lands far to the northwest. Traveled for centuries before by Native peoples, the 8.5 mile portage bypassed the unnavigable rapids and waterfalls on the lower 21 miles of the Pigeon River. Beginning about 1731, thousands of tons of furs and traded goods were carried across the Grand Portage on the backs of voyageurs. Each summer a great Rendezvous was held on these grounds near Lake Superior. Most of the trade here was over by 1803, but use of the portage is still covered by an 1842 treaty.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1731.
 
Location. 47° 57.768′ N, 89° 41.076′ W. Marker is in Grand Portage, Minnesota, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of Mile Creek Road (County Route 17) and Store Road (County Route
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By Don Morfe, July 14, 1995
2. The Grand Portage Marker
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73), on the left when traveling south on Mile Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 170 Mile Creek Road, 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. Guard the Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); North West Company Fur Press (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The North West Company (about 300 feet away); North West Company Depot (about 400 feet away); The Birchbark Canoe (about 400 feet away); Voyageurs at Grand Portage (about 400 feet away); A Warehouse for Furs, Trade Goods, and Now—Canoes (about 400 feet away); Naming This Place (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Portage.
 
Also see . . .  Grand Portage National Monument. (Submitted on January 2, 2013.)
 
The Grand Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 14, 1995
3. The Grand Portage Marker
The Grand Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 14, 1995
4. The Grand Portage Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 22, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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