Want to spark your child’s interest in historic preservation in Duluth?
The Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad offers an excursion ride that is fun for train-crazy kids and parents. The route meanders along the St. Louis River, Spirit Lake, and Mud Lake, offering an often-overlooked perspective of Duluth.
What makes the experience noteworthy are the volunteers. Their love of locomotives and local history are contagious.
The narration is steeped in local history with tales of years gone by as the first train arrived in 1870 from St. Paul on the still present tracks, making it Duluth’s first railroad.
The kids explored every inch of the two restored 1912 passenger coaches, the open-air safari car, and the engine (before it was moving, of course).
They got a kick out of pulling the lever to blow the train whistle.
The scenery was spectacular, especially crossing the Mud Lake Causeway where all we saw was water on both sides of the track, making for a unique train ride experience.
How do you get your kids interested in local history? Please share your ideas in the comment box below. Thanks!