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About Old Highway 61

Discover the Fun Along Old Highway 61! U.S. Highway 61, also known as the “Blues Highway” was one of the original highways constructed within the U.S. highway system. Built in 1926, the 1,400-mile roadway extended from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada until 1990 when it was retired from north of Wyoming, Minn., to near Duluth as its alignment was concurrent with I-35. Through three counties–Chisago, Pine and Carlton

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Rusty Cars, Skateboard Park and Good Food. It’s Easy to “Fall” for Old Hwy 61

An Old Highway 61 Blog by Gail Gates As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see. –Vincent Van Gogh Spoiler alert! Summer is fading–boo hiss!–and fall is quietly becoming quite beautiful. I would suggest you smell the screen to see if you […]

The Great Hinckley Fire

An Old Highway 61 Blog by Gail Gates Between three and five o’clock on the afternoon of September 1, 1894, a raging forest fire driven by strong southwest winds swept over the town of Hinckley, killing 248 residents. The conflagration burned over 480 square miles in parts of five counties, also consuming the surrounding towns […]

Old Hwy. 61 …Painting The Town Red. (And Blue and Black and…)

March 3, 2017ArtsMahtowaMoose LakeNorth BranchPine City

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