The Crumbling Hovland Dock near Grand Portage, MN

DSC_0755There are a lot of hidden gems along Minnesota’s most scenic drive, the famed Highway 61 from Duluth to Grand Portage.  This is the North Shore of Lake Superior, and it’s filled with many extremes:  Beautiful scenery and lavish resorts to ghost towns and countless abandoned places.  The only real industries left are tourism and taconite/iron mining, plenty of which is still going on.  But as you reach the last stretch of highway into the Grand Portage area, cell phone service is long gone, the traffic dies off, and many signs of abandonment are found. Continue reading