Minnesota

Big Sandy Lake Lock and Dam: (MN) The Big Sandy Lake Lock and Dam were originally built of wood in 1895, and in 1911 the structures were replaced by concrete.  The purpose of the Lock was to transport timber from the Big Sandy Lake to the nearby Mississippi River.

Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center: (MN) At Moorhead, the ship (Hjemkomst ) was modeled after Viking vessels that roamed the seas a thousand years ago. See how the 76-foot ship was hand-built in a small nearby "shipyard" in Hawley and learn about the story of the dedicated crew.

Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center: (MN) Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth, MN, was founded in 1973 by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps and the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association have developed a fine maritime collection with shipwreck relics, a full-sized replica pilothouse and ship cabins, hardhat diving gear, photographs, charts, marine engines, and numerous ship models.

Lief Erikson: (MN) In the year 1000 a.d., this great Norwegian explorer discovered America. Today this memorial stands in his honor in the rose garden at Leif Erickson Park, Duluth, Minnesota, and use. Inside you will find a replica of the ship he sailed to America in 977A.D. and the story of its restoration.

Lighthouse Point and Harbor Museum: (MN) The Lighthouse Point and Harbor Museum is one of the few active lighthouses on Lake Superior. The Museum explores the development of Agate Bay, where the first shipment of iron ore left the state of Minnesota in 1884 with ore mined at Soudan Iron Mine. The lighthouse quickly became necessary.

Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum:  (MN) The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria is dedicated to the preservation of antique and classic watercraft, resort memorabilia and sporting equipment used on the Minnesota Lakes.  From handcrafted wood boats to grand hotels and private fishing clubs, the Minnesota lakes have a rich and coloful maritime and resorting tradition reaching back nearly a century and a half.

Minnesota Marine Art Museum:  (MN) The Minnesota Mariine Art Museum features four major art collections: the Burrichter-Kierliin Mariine Art Collections; the Leo and Marilyn Smith Folk Art Collection; The Henry Peter Bosse 19th century Mississippi River life and landscapes; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Dredge William A. Thompson exhibit making it a regional and national attraction.

Split Rock Lighthouse Historic Site: (MN) Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Split Rock Light Station, near Two Harbors, was soon one of Minnesota's best known landmarks. The 1910 Split Rock Lighthouse was established as a museum in 1976 and became one of Minnesota's best- known landmarks almost as soon as it was opened. Today, restored to its pre-1924 appearance by the Minnesota Historical Society, it offers visitors a glimpse of lighthouse duty in the years when the isolated station could only be reached by water.

SS William A. Irvin Ore Boat: (MI) For more than 40 years the S.S. William A. Irvin carried iron ore and coal to Great Lakes ports, often crashing through ferocious storms to reach her destinations. Yet, the enormous vessel represents much more than impressive power. As the proud flagship of U.S. Steel's Great Lakes Fleet, she provided comfort and elegance to dignitaries and guests who traveled the Lakes with her and is docked at downtown Duluth, MN