Permanent Exhibits

The Carlton County Historical Society offers three permanent Exhibits: The Ojibwe of Carlton County, The Logging Era and the Fires of 1918.

The Ojibwe of Carlton County exhibit features a full size Ojibwe canoe made in 1926 by Ben Beargrease. It also includes prehistoric tools, iron and copper tools, Catlinite, beaded purses and moccasins, maps, photos and snowshoes also made by Ben Beargrease.

The Logging Era exhibit consists of a complete layout of a typical Carlton County logging camp hand carved by Milo Stillwell and Pete Trygg for the museum. Below are some of the pictures of the exhibit. Come in and visit us to see the entire Model Logging Camp and learn about northern Minnesota history. Also available for you to watch is an interview with Milo and Trygg detailing their memories of the early days of logging.

The Fires of 1918 permanent exhibit tells the story of the devastating forest fires that took place on October 12, 1918, in northern Minnesota. Covering a wide path of destruction including Moose Lake, Kettle River, Automba, Cloquet, the Fond du Lac reservation, Brookston, Hermantown, Duluth and the north shore of Lake Superior, the fires claimed nearly 500 lives.


People evacuated in cars that crashed or were destroyed by falling flaming timbers.


Ruins of Cloquet


Farm near Cloquet