Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center Open for the Season

Saturday May 23, 2020 10:00am-05:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center

Chik-Wauk Campus will be open for the season starting on May 23 and remain open until October 18 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The temporary exhibit for 2019 was such a great topic it was requested to keep it up for another season.

The exhibit was a story of two men that had lived on the Gunflint Trail, Tommy Banks and Billy Needham.

Tommy Banks, a bootlegger and gangster from Minneapolis was active during the days of prohibition.  
Billy Needham lived on Bearskin and Hungry Jack Lake and became known for his diamond willow lodge furniture and hand drawn maps.  
The two men became friends on the shores of Hungry Jack Lake.

On loan from Mary and Gary Connell, who own Tommy Banks cabin that was built in the 1930's. The Connell's have compiled newspaper articles, photographs, and artifacts from the life of Tommy Banks and his cabin caretaker, Billy Needham.

Their grandson John Hutchinson, has spent much time at his grandparent’s cabin on Hungry Jack Lake learning about the gangster Tommy Banks and his close friend Billy Needham.

A new exhibit opening for the 2020 season will be the Interpretive Cabin. This cabin is built on the site of one of the former Chik-Wauk cabins that was removed during the sale to the USFS in 1978.  Step back in time to view what a cabin might have looked like from the 1950's era.

The Gunflint Trail Historical Society Board of Trustees and Chik-Wauk Staff look forward to seeing you this season!


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