Dorothy at Home

  • Start: Grand Rapids, MN
  • End: Calumet, MN
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:34
  • Total Mileage: 77 Miles
  • Number of stops: 12


The wilds of northeastern Minnesota meet the Land of Oz in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the childhood home of Frances Ethel Gumm---a.k.a. Judy Garland. Drive the scenic 47-mile stretch of MN 38 called Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway. Grand Rapids, Minnesota, stops include the Forest History Center to learn about logging and the Blandin Paper Mill. An old-fashioned, memorable evening is spent seated under towering pines enjoying a Mississippi Melodies Showboat performance at the Grand Rapids Landing. Judy Garland fans head for the Frances Ethel Gumm House & Museum and Old Central School. Deserving equal fame are the popovers served at Sawmill Inn's Cedars Dining Room. Hopperton's Moccasin & Gift Shop, Jenney & Co., and MacRostie Art Center welcome shoppers. Ruttger's Sugar Lake Lodge makes a perfect family getaway. To learn about the rugged region's mining industry, drive northeast to Chisholm, Minnesota. Tour the Ironworld Discovery Center and Hill Annex Mine State Park, a fossil hunter's heaven.

Stop #1:

Forest History Center
Grand Rapids, MN

Stop #2:

Blandin Paper Mill
Grand Rapids, MN

Stop #4:

Judy Garland Museum
Grand Rapids, MN

Stop #5:

Old Central School
Grand Rapids, MN

Stop #6:

Sawmill Inn's Cedars Dining Room
Grand Rapids, MN

Stop #7:

Jenny & Co.
Grand Rapids, MN

Stop #8:

Hopperton's Moccasin & Gift Shop
Grand Rapids, MN

Stop #9:

MacRostie Art Center
Grand Rapids, MN

Stop #10:

Ruttger's Sugar Lake Lodge
Cohasset, MN

Stop #11:

Minnesota Discovery Center
Chisholm, MN

Stop #12:

Hill Annex Mine State Park
Calumet, MN

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