Bringing Cook County History to Life Since 1924

Photo Exhibits

Potter Sisters

Music From the Tip of the Arrowhead

This Photo Exhibit features pictures from the Music From the Tip of the Arrowhead exhibit. It showcases many bands from the Cook County area.
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Ballys blacksmith shop 1912

Bally's Blacksmith Shop

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Lakeview Service, Tofte

M.J. Humphrey Negative Collection: Businesses, Resorts, and Cabins

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Ski Hill Design

Sawtooth Mountain Ski Hill Gallery

A supplement to our article "Sawtooth Mountain Ski Hill" in the winter 2013 - 2014  edition of the Overlook, the newsletter of the Cook County Historical Society.

The Sawtooth Mountain Ski Hill located on the hill overlooking Grand Marais was hugely popular with local residents in the 50s and 60s. It was a first-rate attraction for area visitors even drawing the Central United States Downhill and Slalom Championships in the early 50s.
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Map of Good Harbor Hill

Good Harbor Hill

Good Harbor Hill was settled when Mathias Johnson and his family homesteaded in 1889.  His first home burned in a forest fire in 1894 and was rebuilt.  Most early settlers were Norwegian.  Good Harbor Hill was never a separate township, but was part of Grand Marais Township, disbanded in the Depression of the 1930s.
Life was hard on Good Harbor Hill and farming was marginal.  Most had to supplement their incomes with fishing or logging.  Lena Helmerson tells of life on Good Harbor Hill:
Thank you to Thelma Rude Peterson and Dorothy Nicolaison Whipkey for their research in creating this display.  Thanks also to Clare Twiest Terrizzi for her hard work.

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Morrison Dog team

Dog Sleds, Snowshoes, Winter Work and Play

Dog Sleds, Snowshoes, Trapping, Winter Work and Play
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School map by Betsy Bowen

Schools of Cook County

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