Off of Highway 61, Tom’s Logging Camp transports you back to the early 20th century. You catch a glimpse into the rugged life of Lake Superior loggers. Open since 1956, this place will transport you to days gone by. As you travel around the camp you will see buildings such as barns, a blacksmith shop, a shoe shop, a Finnish sauna, the bunkhouse where the loggers lived, a cook’s shanty, and much more. There are many nooks and crannies filled with unusual historical pieces. Some more notable sites are the electric chair, a crooked building with funhouse mirrors, saws for cutting ice, the chainsaw room, a Paul Bunyan photo-op, and a petting zoo. This is a great place to let the kids stretch their legs and their imaginations.
Leading up to Tom’s Logging Camp you will be greeted with a series of signs advertising moccasin sales and signs telling of the opportunity you have to feed live trout. These signs may remind you of the historic road signs that lined Route 66 years ago. Built by Tom Deebach, but currently owned by Bill Weckman and his family, Tom’s Logging Camp continues to be a Minnesota tradition for young and old.
Since opening over 60 years ago, Tom’s has only undergone one major change, an addition of a lunch counter named Tom’s Too. This is a unique building that is constructed of two 95-year-old cabins from Stone Point, located across the highway. You can enjoy a made-to-order sandwich, homemade soup, and old-fashioned ice cream during your visit.
Be sure to stop by this piece of our Minnesota history. Visit the sites, the gift store, and take some time to sit and enjoy lunch at Tom’s Too.
Before You Go, Here’s A Tip:
Just a little bit north of Duluth, you won’t want to miss this stop!
Tom’s Logging Camp & Trading Post Museum and Gift Shop – Hours: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., May 1 until last weekend of October, seven days a week
Tom’s Too – Hours: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., May 21 through the third weekend of October, seven days a week