Whiskey Row dig is mostly doneTim Tumberg, head of the archaeological dig at Agate Bay in Two Harbors, said the target of finishing 125 square meters at the Whiskey Row site has been met this fall, all but ending any more required digs at the site before possible excavation for a marina.
By: News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
Tim Tumberg, head of the archaeological dig at Agate Bay in Two Harbors, said the target of finishing 125 square meters at the Whiskey Row site has been met this fall, all but ending any more required digs at the site before possible excavation for a marina.
Tumberg, a cultural resources manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said there are still a few spots where his crew would like to dig before winter sets in.
“Ninety-percent of the project area can be considered cleared,” he said. “There is one small portion of the former slab area that seems to be revealing great things. Whether or not we propose more work in that area or not will depend on a more careful analysis of what was found this summer.”
He said any assignment of more required work would be up to the State Historic Preservation Office and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
There’s a good chance that workers could be back because the quality of what archaeologists are finding is in such good shape, Tumberg said.
Earlier this year, he said some of the artifacts would go on display in Two Harbors. The artifacts, many that show that Whiskey Row may not have been as rough-and-tumble as some have thought, are being kept at Fort Snelling.
It remains to be seen if there is money to begin marina work any time in the future but plans are solidifying for work on refurbishing the boat landing next on the bay. Cheryl Erickson of the DNR said advertisements have gone out for bids on the project and she expects a contractor to be in place by the end of the year. Work would begin in the spring with a temporary landing installed at Burlington Bay. The breakwall will be closed for a few weeks while sidewalk work is done.
The bulk of the project will be in reconfiguring the landing’s parking areas and installing permanent restrooms.