How Many Harbors Does One Town Need?
Two! The city is named for two natural harbors on Lake Superior's Agate and Burlington Bays, they merged in the late 1880s to form the city of Two Harbors. About 20 minutes Northeast of Duluth, MN, and its twin Superior, WI, Two Harbors offers easy access to the Gitchi-Gami Trail, the Superior National Forest, and Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Like many places in this part of Minnesota, Two Harbors was a major player in iron mining and was the original home of the "Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company" known today as simply 3M.
Suggested Reading, Listening, & Viewing
- Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan: In 1965, when Duluth native Bob Dyaln wrote this classic album, US Highway 61 connected Duluth all the way to the Mississippi delta. Today, US-61 stops in the Twin Cities, but Minnesota's Highway 61 still runs the North Shore all the way to the Pigeon River.
- Tales of the Road, by Cathy Wurzer: Dylan wasn't the only person who showed a fondness toward the North Shore highway. Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer (host of Morning Edition) wrote this 2008 book about the places along US and MN Highways 61 from LaCrescent in the south to the Canadian Border.
- Tales of the Road was also a documentary produced for PBS hosted by Wurzer. check it out and watch Wurzer and her companions drive her old car down this old road.
- Bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles call nearby Duluth, MN home.