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The North Shore Scenic Byway
USA map showing location of MinnesotaMap of the North Shore Scenic Byway

Pierre the Voyageur.

Pierre the Voyageur on the North Shore Scenic Byway

The voyageurs were the early French-Canadian fur traders who landed here in 1660 naming it Agate Bay. Voyageurs traded with the Indians along the North Shore. They traveled from grand Portage to Rainy Lake making many portages.
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The North Shore Scenic Byway, an All-American Road that runs along the shoreline of Lake Superior from Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota, through the burgs and woodlands, and ends at the International Border of Canada.
sign: Welcome to Two Harbors
sign: Two Harbors Navigation Project

Two Harbors is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Minnesota, along the shore of Lake Superior. Minnesota Highway 61 serves as a main arterial route in the city. The city has a total area of 3.2 square miles. It borders Lake Superior, which contributes the two natural harbors for which it is named, Burlington Bay and Agate Bay. Gooseberry Falls State Park is located 13 miles to the northeast.

Two Harbors breakwall and a lighthouse
Two Harbors breakwall and a lighthouse
a lighthouse on the breakwall near the big red Two Harbors Lighthouse
Two Harbors breakwall and a lighthouse
sign: Spirit of Two Harbors
At the beginning of the above breakwall, the two RV Gypsies walked a short distance to see Lake Superior.
Karen Duquette at Lake Superior in Minnesota
map showing location of Two Harbors
The two RV Gypsies got another look at Lake Superior in Minnesota.
But it was too cold to go in the water.
Lee Duquette at Lake Superior in Minnesota
Karen Duquette at Lake Superior in Minnesota
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The SS Arthur M. Anderson is a cargo ship of the laker type. It is famous for being the last ship to be in contact with the SS Edmund Fitzgerald (before The Fitzgerald sank November 10, 1975). The Anderson was also the first rescue ship on the scene in a vain search for Fitzgerald survivors (there were none).

It was named after the director of U.S. Steel, Arthur Marvin Anderson. It has been a member of the U.S. Steel fleet its entire life, and is still sailing as of 2012. The Anderson is shown below on June 10, 2012, not far from the Two Harbors Lighthouse.

The SS Arthur M. Anderson cargo ship near Two Harbors Lighthouse
Tonnage: 26,525 gross tonnage
Length: 647 feet (as built)
767 feet feet, note: During the winter of 1974-75, she was lengthened 120' by Fraser Shipyards to an overall length of 767 feet
Beam: 70 feet
Draft: 36 feet
Capacity: 25,300 tons
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The Two Harbors Light Station is the oldest operating lighthouse in the US state of Minnesota. Overlooking Lake Superior's Agate Bay, the Light Station is located in Two Harbors, Minnesota. The construction of the Light Station began in 1891 and completed in 1892. The first lighting of the Two Harbors light was on April 14, 1892
sign about the Two Harbors Light Station

The 49.6 foot tower is made of red brick and the head keeper's residence is attached. It towers 78 feet above the surface of Lake Superior and is 12 feet squared. The walls of the tower were built to be 3 bricks thick and the walls where the tower and house meet are a full 5 bricks thick. This was for the safety of the Keeper's family. The Two Harbors Light Station has a total of six structures; the Lighthouse Tower with the attached Keeper's Quarters, the Assistant Keeper's House, the Fog Horn Signal Building, the Oil House, the Skiffhouse and a garage. In addition to the original buildings the historical society has added the Frontenac Pilot House as museum space to the grounds.

The Two Harbors Light Station
The Two Harbors Light Station
Currently the Two Harbors Light Station is still designated as an active aid to navigation and is on navigational charts, as well as being a museum. The Two Harbors Light Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Lighthouses.
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A burl (American English) or bur or burr (used in all non-US English speaking countries) is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk that is filled with small knots from dormant buds. It may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus. Almost all burl wood is covered by bark, even if it is underground. Insect infestation and certain types of mold infestation are the most common causes of this condition. The below trees with burls are located on a short trail next to the Two Harbors Light Station. The two RV Gypsies remember watching wooden bowls being made out of burls when they were in Alaska a few years ago.
trees with burls
a big tree with big burls
Lee Duquette by Lake Superior.
Lee Duquette by Lake Superior
Lake Superior
Lake Superior
The two RV Gypsies continued their journey on the North Shore Drive on Highway 61 about 5 miles northeast of Two Harbors, and drive through the Silver Creek Cliff Tunnel, which was completed in 1995. (They are still hotel hopping while their RV is in repair, so they are in their truck. The RV would never fit through this tunnel).
Silver Creek Cliff Tunnel
The two RV Gypsies drive though Silver Creek Cliff Tunnel
Shortly after going through the Silver Creek Tunnel, the two RV Gypsies drove through the LaFayette Bluff Tunnel.
the two RV Gypsies drive through the LaFayette Bluff Tunnel.
Below: An Aerial view of the North Shore Drive and tunnel
aerial virew of Silver Creek tunnel
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map of gooseberry fallsGooseberry Falls State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The park's close proximity to Duluth made it perfect for the two RV Gypsies to take a day trip.

The park is located about 13 miles northeast of Two Harbors on scenic Minnesota Highway 61. Most famous for its easy-access waterfalls - a short paved walkway brings you right to the Lower and Middle Falls Waterfalls which tumble down the river from north of Highway 61 down to Lake Superior.

sign: Gooseberry Falls State Park
path to the Lower Falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park
The Lower Falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park
Gooseberry Falls State Park waterfall
The two RV Gypsies walk the 1-mile handicapped accessible trail to the falls
Lee Duquette at Gooseberry Falls State Park waterfall
Gooseberry Falls State Park and Lee Duquette
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Then it was time for the two RV Gypsies to check out the Upper Falls.
Notice how small the people look next to the Upper Falls in the photo below
directional sign for the Upper Falls
The Upper Falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park
The Upper Falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park
The Upper Falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park
Here is the water from the upper falls going under a roadway, then it drops off to the lower falls.
the water from the upper falls going under a roadway
Lee Duquette at the Upper Falls at Gooseberry State Park
Lee Duquette at the Upper Falls at Gooseberry State Park
the Upper falls
the Upper falls

Split Rock Lighthouse is located on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The structure was completed in 1910 by the United States Lighthouse Service at a cost of $75,000, including the buildings and the land. It was built in response to the loss of ships during the famous Mataafa Storm of 1905, in which 29 ships were lost on Lake Superior. The light was first lit on July 31, 1910. It is built on a 130-foot sheer cliff eroded by wave action. The octagonal lighthouse tower is a steel-framed brick structure with concrete trim on a concrete foundation set into the rock. It is topped with a steel lantern.

sign: Split Rock Lighthouse
sign: Split Rock Light Station Historic Site
Split Rock Lighthouse
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The two RV Gypsies stopped for lunch at the Lemon Wolf Cafe, on Highway 61, Beaver Bay, Minnesota. The atmosphere of this really cute cafe was quite enchanting with charming decor. Below are some carvings located in the rest room. The food was excellent.
sign: Lemon Wolf Cafe
sign in the restroom at Lemon Wolf Cafe
toilet seat cover in the restroom at Lemon Wolf Cafe
carved bear toilet paper holder  in the restroom at Lemon Wolf Cafe
decor in the restroom at Lemon Wolf Cafe
carved bald eagle in the restroom at Lemon Wolf Cafe
The two RV Gypsies parked their truck so they could get a look at the Cross River Falls. After Karen took a photo of the sign, she turned to see Lee being his wonderful funny self and peeking around the bridge railing at her.
sign: Cross River
Lee Duquette being silly at Cross River Falls
Cross River Falls is on Minnesota's North Shore just southwest of Temperance River State Park. The waterfalls go under the bridge over the cross river. The view from the bridge and from the platform just beyond the railing shown above, is not all that great and there are fences all around the falls.
Cross River Falls on Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior
Below: A zoomed-in view of the falls shown above.
Cross River Falls is on Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior
Cross River Falls is on Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior
Frederic Baraga, (June 29, 1797 – January 19, 1868) was a Slovene Roman Catholic missionary to the United States and a grammarian. He became the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette, Michigan.

A marker which Baraga originally erected in thanks for his safe landing during a storm on Lake Superior in 1846 stands today in Schroeder, Minnesota, at the mouth of the Cross River (see the photo below taken by the Two RV Gypsies on June 16, 2012. The wooden cross he originally erected has been replaced with a granite one.

At the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, a shrine has been dedicated in his honor in the lower level of the church. (The two RV Gypsies will be visiting that shrine on June 23, 2012. and those photos will be posted on this website as #25 which can be found on the USA map by choosing the USA button above later).

Frederic Baraga cross
sign about Father Frederic Baraga
For such a little village, Grand Marais has an abundance of parks.
Downtown opens to the harbor at the aptly named, Harbor Park. Heading east along the cobblestone beach leads out to Artists Point with picnic tables and beaches on the East Bay of Lake Superior and a lovely little path out to the 'island.'
sign: welcome to Grand Marais, Minnisota
sign: Lake Superior Grand Marais public water access
The Beaver House shown below is a bait and tackle shop has been in business for 40 years. A giant walleye is embedded in the corner above the entrance and it is one of the most photographed locations in Grand Marais, Minnesota.
the Beaver House in Grand Marais, Minnesota
a big walleye at the Beaver House
Lee Duquette just had to try a donut from a store called "World's Best Donuts" which was started in 1969. Cake donuts are the staple of this donut shop. Lee sure enjoyed eating his donut.
Lee Duquette enjoying a donut
Lee Duquette enjoying a border=
There is a lot more to see on this scenic drive, and the two RV Gypsies had hoped to drive to the end of the road and end up in Canada, but it started to rain hard, so they decided to turn around and call it a day.

go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies Please continue on to South Dakota: Palisades State Park, Terry Redling Art Center, Falls Park in Sioux Falls, and the Sculpture Walk.