Two Harbors is all about mining -- not the actual mines, but rather the place the ore is loaded onto lake freighters. Hand in hand with this is/was the railroad service that transported the ore to the lake shore.
The first part of the walk went along 7th Avenue which is also Highway 61, carrying a lot of traffic along the North Shore. The walk, however, was pleasant, giving me a chance to peek into shop windows. In a 1.5 K the walk route turned right towards the business district.
Here's a view of the Carnegie Library.
Next I found the Lake County Courthouse.
The walk continued through the small business district. The map told me to walk through the parking lot to the first locomotive. This is what I found.
Across the street was an even older engine.
My next instruction for this 10K walk was to find the path along a "cyclone fence." Well, this must a regional term. I don't know exactly what is a cyclone fence, but Mr. Google does. It's a chain link fence. Well, there was only fence so I could hardly go wrong. I was directed to follow this path along the lake shore towards the lighthouse and breakwater.
Here I found historical signs about Agate Bay, a town once right along the lakeshore, not set back about 2 kilometers as is the present day Two Harbors. The signage explained this town was full of trouble, whiskey, and loose living -- but went on to explain that this history comes from the railroad company documents, the railroad companies very much wanting the lake shore for their operations. In other words, history written by the victor, for what I saw is the ruins of huge coal storage yard, needed obviously when it took 25 tons to just get the steam up for a trip of transporting ore.
Later when at home I did a bit more research and found originally there was also a second town, Burlington. This town has also disappeared and the writer of this web site did not take it to the conclusion that I reached that Two Harbors is named to represent the original Agate Bay and Burlington harbors and the towns associated with each.
I have always told myself that if I can see where I'm heading, it's not a long journey, but the way to the lighthouse and breakwater did look a bit far!
I walked about 5 minutes towards the light house, walking most of the time along the ruins of the coal storage yard. Indeed it had been an immense area, an area needed to feed the voracious steam engines.
Walking back I got a good view of the large light house.
Now the route map said to walk through the arch. All the time I had been walking towards the light house I had been searching for an arch. Couldn't see anything. Then the trail turned abruptly right between some trees and there I found this.
The route map told me walk until I came to a Y in the trail. I kept doing that until I almost found myself walking off a ledge that would make me fall into the Burlington Bay. I noticed a small, lesser used trail winding through the trees. It seemed to be going north and west which were the directions I needed to head.
While walking through the forest I kept noticing some trees that looked like this:
I walked about another 5 minutes through the trees and was glad to see buildings in the distance. Eventually I walked out of the forest and found a "paved trail heading to the right."
I followed the trail up a hill, getting a splendid view of a field.
Close up the blossom looks like this:
The took me eventually to back into the town and through a city park.
With about another 10 minutes of hiking I found myself again crossing Highway 61 near a Holiday gas station. I was very glad to see there were tables and chairs inside. I was ready for a rest. I got a Magnum ice cream bar -- they're not just only in Poland -- and sat down to enjoy that and do some some reading.
Continuing on I walked along a golf course. I enjoyed the view of this pond.
This was indeed a great walk.