The Grand Portage is an ancient overland trail used by Indigenous peoples since at least the start of the first millennium CE.
Christopher Hommerding is a historian of US LGBTQ history and holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has appeared in the Public Historian, in the Annals of Iowa, and on the history of sexuality blog Notches. He is the recipient of a 2019 Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Research Fellowship.
The original ideal for the road was part of an overall plan to connect Minneapolis’ major parks with parkways.
In the summer of 1909, Oberholtzer had his so-called “3,000-mile summer.” His goal was to travel the major canoe routes of the Rainy Lake watershed.