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Grand Portage National Monument in Cook County is dedicated.

Established by Congress in 1958, the 8 1/2-mile footpath served as a vital center of fur trade and provided access to Canada's settled areas and water in pre-industrial times.

Located near the mouth of the Pigeon River on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation, on this day 54 years ago Secretary of the Interior Fred Seaton accepted the site from the Grand Portage Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.

The "Great Carrying Place" is now a national park and serves as more of a tourist attraction than a key access point to America, with a heritage center that opened in 2007 serving as a history lesson for the monument, and employees of the park dressing in attire that was worn when Grand Portage was still in heavy use.

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