The People of Lake Vermilion

Ted Wheeler Livery, Tower, MN

Since the Vermilion Gold Rush, a wide diaspora of people have come to the Lake Vermilion area in search of fortune, fame, recreation, or a little slice of the woods to call their own. A wider variety of people have come here than we may realize. The Lake Vermilion Archives would like to examine some of the lives of people that arrived in Tower and Soudan and the surrounding area communities during the early days of the 1900s. This continuing… [Read More]

Stuntz Bay Compressor House


The Stuntz Bay Compressor House was built in 1884, and operated until the 1930s. It was demolished for the most part some time in the 1940s. Today, you can still… [Read More]

St. Cyril and Method Society


The St. Cyril and Method Society of Tower was formed in 1889 by Father Joseph Francis Buh and F. X. Bajec, when Bajec discovered that there was not a local… [Read More]



Kelly’s was a local “House of Ill Fame” located just outside of Tower, across the river. It probably operated between the late 1880s and the early 1930s. It was opened… [Read More]

Thomas J. Walsh


Thomas J. Walsh was a prominent member of Tower and Soudan’s history at the turn of the 20th Century, though his name seems all but forgotten. He was involved in… [Read More]


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