Thursday, September 30, 2021
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Monday, September 27, 2021
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Big Ole was built in 1965 for the Minnesota display at the New York World’s Fair. After the fair he was trucked to Alexandria, Minnesota where he has welcomed visitors for more than 50 years.
He’s located in a small park one block north of the Runestone Museum. This is also a good spot to access the Central Lakes Trail. A paved path leds to the base of the statue. We did not go on the trail but it is paved and accessible.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021
Asp worked alone in the early years but when he developed leukemia in 1974, a group of volunteers joined to help with the build. None of them had any experience in shipbuilding. After the ship was completed it was trucked two hundred miles to Lake Superior. When the ship slid into the lake Robert Asp was onboard but sadly he died in December of 1980. In May,1982, the ship with 12 crew members including four of Asp’s children, sailed through the Great Lakes to begin a somewhat perilous journey to Norway. The Hjemkomst arrived in Bergen, Norway on July 19, 1982 and the crew was greeted with celebrations all along the coast as they sailed to Oslo, Norway.
The center has exhibits and videos about building and sailing the ship. The center also includes galleries featuring changing exhibitions.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Now visitors have fun posing with the chipper and pretending to push a very unrealistic looking plastic leg into the chipper. Visitors are usually offered the use of another prop, a fur lined hat with ear flaps, but coronavirus put a stop to that for the time being. A small display case holds movie memorabilia. There’s another woodchipper outside that you can pose with if the visitor center is closed.