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Beaver Bay is going to the dogs

The new wooden carvings around Beaver Bay have historical significance -- the are sled dogs in honor of the town’s prodigal son, John Beargrease. Photos by Ken Vogel.

By Ken Vogel

With the help of a donation from Northshore Mining, the Beaver Bay Beautification Committee  has added an attraction to the city with historical significance. The committee chose to purchase several larger-than-life wood carvings of sled dogs replicating those that would have been used by the legendary John Beargrease and place them around town.

Born in Beaver Bay in 1858, Beargrease played a prominent role in the development of the North Shore by providing mail delivery from Two Harbors to Grand Marais. Beargrease and his brothers delivered the mail to communities along the shore from 1879 to 1899.

“The beautification committee chose the carvings as a depiction of an important part of the history of Beaver Bay,” said Elli Korpie, who is on the committee.

The carvings are currently being displayed at the entrance to the city offices and at the Green Door bar in town. Korpie said potential future homes for the carvings are still being considered, including the new trail head rest stop which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.