Tower Train Museum

The first shipment of iron ore came out of the Vermilion Range from the Soudan Mine and traveled 68 miles by train to Two Harbors. This marked the beginning of a new era of mining and shipping. The Tower Train Museum, located at the old train depot, symbolizes that exciting time for the mining industry.

The 1910 steam locomotive was built for the Duluth and Iron Range Railway to haul ore, passengers, supplies and food. Filled with old pictures, logging and mining artifacts, the museum tells stories of life at the turn of the century. Located on the grounds is the President McKinley Monument to honor the president after his assassination in 1901. Also on site is a two-room trapper’s log cabin, picnic area, restrooms, gift shop and information center.
Directions: The museum is located one block east of the intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 135 in Tower, approximately 25 miles from Virginia
Admission: Open weekends after memorial Day until mid June from 10 – 4. Then open 7 days a week from 10-4 through Labor Day.

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Tower Train Museum
Old Train Station
404 Pine Street
Tower, MN 55790