Military Funeral
Military Funeral

Funeral Pvt Charles Nelson 1st area casuality WWI taken in Soudan

last steam train into Tower 1953

Railway Tracks
Railway Tracks

Military Funeral
Military Funeral

Funeral Pvt Charles Nelson 1st area casuality WWI taken in Soudan

Tower-Soudan is known as many things...
  • the home of the first gold rush in Minnesota
  • Gateway to Lake Vermilion
  • home of the coldest day in the lower 48
  • Cradle of Iron Mining
  • First settlement north of Duluth

...yet some simply know it as home. Read more to learn about our past, present, and future!
The TS Historical Society

We are located in the Historic Depot at the western entrance of Tower. The grounds consist of the depot, steam locomotive engine, passenger car, mancar, caboose, and homesteaders’ cabin, all open to the public.


The depot itself houses a museum with hundreds of local artifacts and photos. It also serves as the information center for the Lake Vermilion Resort Association and the Lake Vermilion Chamber of Commerce.

The land, steam locomotive, coach and depot were donated by the Duluth, Mesabi & Iron Range Railroad Company for historical purposes, while the additional cars and cabin were acquired and restored through the hard work of local community members.

Depot Museum Open


Friday & Saturday



Memorial Day - Labor Day

Also available with appointment


Train Cars
Open Daily
Morning to Evening

404 Pine St

PO Box 465

Tower MN 55790

Cemetery Records


Cemetery Map


Pan for Gold

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Tower-Soudan Historical Society Update -

 Tower’s Historic Fire Hall -Coming Soon!


2021 Board members are: Doug Workman-President, Nancy Larson-Vice-President, Linda Folstad-Secretary, Sharon Legg-Treasurer, Cookie Bonicatto, Barb Burgess, Corrine Hill, Pauly Housenga, Diane Meehan, Mary Shedd, Kathy Siskar.

Fire Hall Windows Display of Those who lost their lives

in the Military

Stop by to take a look!

Sustaining Contributor

***New Display Announced for Visitor Center at the Soudan Underground Mine. (See links next to Home button at top of this page).  More information is requested from the Public.