Frontier History

  • Living like a pioneer

    At forts, fur posts and frontier homesteads in Minnesota and Wisconsin, kids can live like Laura Ingalls Wilder or Davy Crockett.

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  • Feisty Northfield

    As outlaws discovered, this Minnesota college town is small but rarely sleepy.

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  • Following the tall ships

    Sloops and schooners still sail on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

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  • Hayward's lumberjacks

    A northwest Wisconsin resort town keeps a frontier art alive.

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  • Destination: Mackinaw City

    On the south shore of the Straits of Mackinac, the year is 1775.

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  • Lumberjacks and legends

    Grand Rapids may not be the Emerald City, but its trees are green, and its lakes glitter.

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  • On the Iron Trail

    In northern Minnesota, a rich deposit of ore brought the world running.

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  • Still fighting the Civil War

    Across the Upper Midwest, Civil War battle reenactments turn history into flesh and blood.

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  • Life on the Grand Portage

    Once, a corner of northeast Minnesota was the center of the fur-trade universe.

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  • Scenes from the fur trade

    At re-created forts, meet the adventurers who shaped the Upper Midwest.

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  • Little sod house on the prairie

    A re-created pioneer home shows that life on the frontier wasn't quite as romantic as we think it was.

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  • Missouri's memories

    In western Missouri, battle sites and reenactments open a window into a past that still chafes after 150 years.

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  • Civil War, up close

    In the southwest Wisconsin countryside, expert reenactors bring the misery of war home.

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  • Blasts from the past

    Every September, the Civil War comes to an old stagecoach inn in eastern Wisconsin.

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  • Pike on the prowl

    For better or worse, America's first emissary on the Upper Mississippi set history into motion.

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  • Mourning the summer of 1862

    150 years after a tragic conflict, a pilgrimage to the Minnesota River Valley yields facts but few answers.

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  • Posse on the prairie

    In the southwest Minnesota town of Madelia, the Jesse James Gang met its match — again.

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  • War of 1812

    Yanks invaded Canada? Brits swarmed Wisconsin? It's the bicentennial of the war no one remembers.

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