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, a 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.
Events & Announcements
Tower-Soudan Historical Society is “FIRED UP” about Tower’s Historic Fire Hall
The historic fire hall at 504 Main Street in Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest community fire hall on the Iron Range. It is now owned by TSHS and is undergoing a multi-phase restoration process to make the building usable for various public functions, as well as displaying the 1891 horse-drawn Ahrens steam pumper "James Tippet" and other historical memorabilia.
Each of the three building restoration phases is expected to cost between $100,000 to $300,000, with a good portion of funding from various grant sources; phases will be completed as funds become available. Community support is a requirement of all grant-funding agencies.
TSHS has launched a Sustaining Contributor Support Campaign for community members to contribute to the preservation and restoration of the historic fire hall. Our goal is to raise $10,000 annually for the next five years. Please consider making a one-time donation or committing as a Sustaining Contributor for however many years you choose. TSHS is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your contribution is tax deductible. All funds will be dedicated to the historic fire hall restoration.
You may use the "donate" button at the bottom right of this page to make your donation with PayPal or credit/debit card. Click the Sustaining Contributor Pledge Form button to print a pledge form for your use. You may also contact any board member listed below to obtain a Sustaining Contributor pledge form or for additional information. Checks and pledges should be mailed to Tower-Soudan Historical Society, PO Box 465, Tower, MN 55790.
2020 Board members are: Doug Workman-President, Nancy Larson-Vice-President, Linda Folstad-Secretary, Diane Meehan-Treasurer, Cookie Bonicatto, Barb Burgess, Wayne Dahl, Corrine Hill, Pauly Housenga, Desirae Larson, Mary Shedd, Kathy Siskar.
Becoming a sustainer means your annual pledge will automatically roll over every year. Pledges of any monetary size can be made for any period of years that you choose. Our TSHS goal is to achieve 5 year pledges to support the restoration of the historic fire hall. [For more information see Article on The Historic Fire Hall]
***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.