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Two Harbors in Lake County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Agate Bay Commercial Fishing Village

Greetings from Two Harbors, Minnesota

 
 
Agate Bay Commercial Fishing Village Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2014
1. Agate Bay Commercial Fishing Village Marker
Inscription.  
The "railroad tracks" on the shore before you are the last vestiges of a once vibrant commercial fishing village in Agate Bay. It was an easy transition for Scandinavian immigrants to begin fishing almost immediately upon arrival in America. The invasion of the sea lamprey in 1935 would destroy commercial fishing on the great lakes by 1955. Many of the fishermen were railroaders that fished in their time off. Note the caboose used as a boathouse in the center of the photo.
 
Erected by Lake County Historical Society and Mitch Costley.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
 
Location. 47° 0.832′ N, 91° 39.923′ W. Marker is in Two Harbors, Minnesota, in Lake County. Marker is near the path leading to the Two Harbors Breakwater, at the south end of 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Agate Bay Breakwater (a few steps from this marker); Two Harbors Breakwater
Agate Bay Commercial Fishing Village Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2014
2. Agate Bay Commercial Fishing Village Marker
Looking west across Agate Bay toward ore docks
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Two Harbors Light Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Crusader II (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Two Harbors Light Station - Agate Bay (about 300 feet away); Eugene W. Pargny Propeller (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Paul H. Van Hoven Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Agate Bay Light Station (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Two Harbors.
 
Also see . . .  The Lake County Historical Society. Society website homepage (Submitted on November 12, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Agate Bay Commercial Fishing Village Marker & Railroad Tracks image. Click for full size.
July 27, 2022
3. Agate Bay Commercial Fishing Village Marker & Railroad Tracks
"Railroad tracks" image. Click for full size.
July 27, 2022
4. "Railroad tracks"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 441 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2022.

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Jan. 28, 2023