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Forest History Center

The Forest History Center is one of 26 sites run by the Minnesota Historical Society. Located in Grand Rapids, the center focuses on displaying the historical and cultural impact that Minnesota's forests have had on people and the community. Logging was a large economic driver, presently there is a large use of Minnesota forests for recreational purposes; the center allows visitors to see this changing relationship through exhibits, tours, historical reenactments, other educational and recreational programs. The Interpretive Center houses historical artifacts that relate to Minnesota Forests; the Center is divided up into sections representing different themes and time periods. Sections include: The Logging Era "Goods" from the Woods Forest Forecasting Forest Industries Forest Recreation CCC Era Fire in the Forest, a multi-media presentation about the 1918 Cloquet Fire The Logging Camp is a recreation of a typical logging camp of 1900. Costumed interpreters reenact logging camp processes as well as interact with visitors and tell stories.

Forest Lookout Tower 1930's Era Minnesota Forest Service Cabin A floating cookshack Minnesota Historical Society: Forest History Center

River Rothay

The Rothay is a spate river of the Lake District in north-west England. Its name comes from Old Norse and translates as the red one; this has come to mean trout river. It rises close to Rough Crag above Dunmail Raise at a point about 1542 feet above sea level, its catchment area covers Grasmere Common including Easedale Tarn, the southern flanks of Fairfield, several of the fells to the east of Dunmail Raise, including Great Rigg, Rydal Fell, Scandale Fell and Heron Pike. From its source the Rothay descends through the valley of Greenburn Bottom to the hamlet of Helmside not far from the main A591 road over Dunmail Raise. Just north of the village of Grasmere the river subsumes Easedale Gill and Sour Milk Gill, the latter flowing out of Easedale Tarn. In the village the river flows close to the churchyard; the Rothay flows into the head of the lake of Grasmere. As well as replenishing Grasmere, the Rothay drains it, flowing for just half a mile from the southern end of the lake before replenishing Rydal Water at its western extremity.

The Rothay drains Rydal from its easternmost point and flows in a general southerly direction for about three miles before merging with the River Brathay at Croft Lodge south-west of Ambleside. From there the rivers flow into the northern end of Windermere. In addition to those tributaries noted, several others are subsumed by the Rothay. About a mile north of Ambleside the Rothay is crossed by a well-known set of stepping stones. Several sections of the Rothay are popular with canoeists, including the section between Grasmere and Rydal; the Rothay is a trout fishery. Anglers should enquire locally about licences; the River Rothay was wholly within the historic county of Westmorland. Since local government reorganisation in 1974 the river has been in the county of Cumbria. Cunsey Beck River Leven Trout Beck