Thursday, November 8, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 8

November 8, 1984 – The Northeastern Hotel, Cloquet, Minn., one of the few buildings to survive the Oct. 12, 1918, Cloquet/Moose Lake fire, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on this date.

This 1904 brick building is located on Dunlap Island in the St. Louis River. At the time of the fire, Dunlap Island was the only area not under the control of the lumber mill owners who wanted to keep their workers sober and out of trouble; therefore the island alone held all the saloons, brothels and boarding houses to meet the carnal needs of the lumberjacks and lumber mill workers.

Immediately after the fire, the Northeastern was used as a hospital and shelter.

Carroll, Frank M.; Crossroads in Time; Carlton County Historical Society (Cloquet, Minn., 1987); pp. 144 and 205-206.

The Northeastern Hotel

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain 3/22/2013, as long as acknowledgement included.  

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