Vermilion Boat and Outing Company

Vermilion Boat and Outing Company boathouse

The Vermilion Boat and Outing Company’s East Two River boathouse located in the Tower harbor. Although the date of this photograph is unknown, the company incorporated in 1910. It is believed that this photo was taken at some point in the second decade of the 20th century.


The tourism business rapidly developed on Lake Vermilion during the last years of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th. The allure of Lake Vermilion and the promotional efforts of Tower business advocates and the Duluth and Iron Range Railroad brought numerous tourists traveling to Tower to “camp” on Lake Vermilion in housekeeping cabins being constructed on the lake. Travelers arrived by passenger train at Tower, Minn. and then were carried up the lake, on large boats,… [Read More]

Tower & Soudan Street Railway Company


For a short time before the turn of the 20th century, Tower and Soudan had a streetcar. The streetcar ran from Mill Point, through Tower along Main Street, to Soudan… [Read More]

North American Brick, Tile and Pottery Company


The North American Brick, Tile and Pottery Company was part of the industry surrounding the Town of Walsh, and was built and running while the North American Mine[Read More]

Jasper Peak Fire Lookout Tower


Jasper Peak, also known as Chester Peak, has long been a focal point of Lake Vermilion life. From the fire watch tower built on the top, to the park on… [Read More]

North American Hotel


A corporation composed of Duluth and Minneapolis people, and known as the North American Hotel company, was organized to build and own the hotel. It was to be a first… [Read More]


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