#MNBucketList Presents: Bringing The Past To Life: A Century of Jay Cooke State Park

I’ve posted a few of the photos from #MNBucketList_JCSP over the past ten days but I wanted to tell you a little more about it. Since #JayCooke was founded #October 18th, 1915, yep, that makes it 100 – I hosted a day at the park complete with #yesteryear photos to do ‘#DearPhotograph‘ with. Here is a little #history for you about one of the ten most visited and seventh largest #stateparks in #Minnesota. Minnesota was a #furtrade free-for-all from about the 1500’s until the 1800’s. The area was bustling and thriving, specifically in Jay Cooke as it was the #StLouisRiver #traderoute. Years of #French traders and #Indian relations prevailed until westward expansion and the push for #ManifestDestiny drove the Indians out. After years of French and #British disputes over trapping rights, the fur trade eventually morphed and slowed to only a few smaller settlements. Once the #railroad reached #northernMinnesota, it turned the #wilderness into larger, more agriculturally focused area. Throughout #JayCookeStatePark you’ll see the St. Louis River, #LakeSuperior’s largest U.S. tributary, and its exposed #bedrock. The park is named for #Pennsylvania financier Jay Cooke, who had developed a nearby power plant, as well as made a lot of #money with the #NorthernPacificRailway. In 2012, #Duluth area experienced a devastating #flooding that filled the gorge with debris and destroyed the #historic Swinging #Bridge that crosses the River. It was reopened in 2013 and visitors can walk across to see the incredible #waterfalls.

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