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Tom's Logging Camp

Maybe a quarter of the way from Duluth to Grand Marais, yesterday, in a drizzling rain, I stopped in at this place (5797 N. Shore Dr.), and bingo! The trading post is filled with stuffed animals, old tools, guns, and skins on the walls, plus a ton of trinkets, moccasins, Native American-oriented stuff, what have you. I talked to one of the owners, Bill Weckman, about a bunch of things and we were on the same page, as they say. After a while, he said, "Have you got 10 minutes?" "Well — yeah," and he took me out in the back where there are a number of buildings with old logging tools, a blacksmith shop, a sauna (Finnish loggers), all giving you a clear idea of what life was like right here back in the day. Also a beautiful flock of chickens and two mystical black llamas. Below are some pics. (Wish I didn't have to do this kind of dumb layout; such is the fate of a non-programmer.)
The Big Horned Sheep was huge. As was the  buffalo; look at the mystery and majesty and power of that head. Cattle are so lame by comparison.

The horse contraption holds a horse immobile while it is beings shoed. That's a wooden (horse-drawn) school bus.


Island Woman MJ said...

What a great sharing post! Thanks much. And I love your comment about buffalo versus cattle. So many books I read about that time period, that very thought has been echoed again and again. We've lost so much...

Justin said...

Love this!

Powell River Books said...

The chain saw collection is awesome. - Margy

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