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Sandwiched between sections of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and entirely within the Superior National Forest, Minnesota's Gunflint region is a rugged, remote place that demands a different lifestyle.
The Gunflint Trail is 57 miles of twisty road from Grand Marais, Minnesota to the Boundary Waters. It passes through stretches of pristine, rugged and remote wilderness that is still protected from commercial advertising. It is a special place with a rich history, unique landscape and very special characters from the Voyageurs to modem-day resorters-all of which make it a popular destination and a Minnesota treasure. Throughout its history, the Gunflint Trail has been home to a great number of remarkable residents, each of whom had a part in making the Gunflint what it is.
Learn about the Gunflint's earliest inhabitants, the Voyageurs, mining attempts, the formation of the Trail, the forest and the development of resorts. Meet the people who helped define the Gunflint community: Justine Kerfoot, Henry Mayhew, Ben Gallagher, Eve Blankenburg, Peggy Heston and many others.
Hear about life on the Gunflint Trail from the people who lived it! More than an hour of stories about growing up, surviving and thriving in the Gunflint are included on the companion audio CD. The CD includes these speakers: John Henricksson, Bruce Kerfoot, Janet Hanson, Richard Anderson, Sharlene LeTourneau, Ted Young, Dave Tuttle, Gay Lynne Liebertz. 40 black and white photos and 1 map.
The Gunflint wasn't always a tourist destination! Learn about:
These recordings of accounts not included in the book are comments about life on the Gunflint Trail from the people who lived it! Listen to stories about operating a resort, adapting to winters on the Gunflint and what day-to-day life was like. Residents share their perspectives on why the Gunflint has such an appeal to so many people.