Digging up History, Before Marina

By KBJR News 1

October 4, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 7:13 PM CDT

Archaeologists are almost done digging-up grounds along Agate Bay in Two Harbors to help fill gaps in history.

The DNR is planning to put in a marina along the shore, but have to first clear the land of its historical artifacts.

The top layers of soil have preserved several pieces of leather, ceramics, glass, shoes and fabrics for more than 100 years.

Historians guess many of the artifacts may be from late 1800's when the area was temporary housing and businesses for railroad workers.

One historian says the workers in that area worked and played hard, enduring long winters and disease.

"The myth is that the fire destroyed it, but essentially that fire happened before the first load of ore came down, happened in July of 84. It destroyed about 7 of the buildings. It's rumored that the shopowners that owned those saloons were in Duluth the very next day buying the lumber to rebuild," said Mel Sando, director of the Lake County Historical Society.

Buildings in the area, known as "Whiskey Row", were moved further inland as the city developed.

The archaeological dig will be done sometime in mid-October.

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