Sep 29 2009

Review of Tales of the Road by Cathy Wurzer

Tales of the Road

I own a lot of travel books, but most of them I use as references when we’re looking for a new place to visit. It’s rare that I buy a book and then read it from cover to cover. However, when I heard WCCO Radio’s Eric Eskola promote a new book by his wife, Cathy Wurzer, and it sounded like something I would really enjoy. I treated myself and ordered it that very day.

What a delightful book! Tales of the Road: Highway 61 is part history lesson, part travel guide. In short, 1-2 page segments accompanied by photos old and new, it describes landmarks, businesses, and ghost towns along Highway 61, which runs along Minnesota’s entire eastern border. Some of these sites remain, and others are long gone.

I was saddened that I had missed seeing Two Harbors High School overlooking the town by only a few months. I was disappointed that I hadn’t had the book before my recent drive up the North Shore, because there were things along the way that I missed. I learned more about places I’ve visited, like Gooseberry Falls State Park and Split Rock Lighthouse. And I added a lot of new entries to my “places to see” list.

Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, this book is a delight from start to finish, providing a glimpse into Minnesota’s past along one of its earliest and most important roads.

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