Pine River Heritage Days have a long tradition in the north country. Every year the community showcases a time when fur traders and hobos unite.
On Sept 9 - 11 features a free historic, pre-1830s encampment at Forbes Park which is the over the dam on the east side of Pine River. Step back in time and enter the 1830s encampment to relive the early fur trade rendezvous. See tools of the trade and handmade crafts from the era, including flintnapping, rope making, finger weaving, handmade leather items, blacksmithing, primitive fire starting, cooking over open fires and history/storytelling. Try tomahawk or knife throwing or a primitive bow and arrow shoot. Get a close look at different types of muzzleloaders dating back to colonial times. There will also be free camping for all buck skinners with period camps.
On Saturday starting at noon, the whole town gathers for a free hobo stew (served until gone) in the shelter house at Forbes Park, sponsored by Pine River State Bank. It's a real crowd pleaser and worth the wait in line.
Don't forget to stop by the Pine River Depot and view its historic displays. This classic landmark of Pine River was recently restored to its 1913 appearance, including the reconstruction of the canopy. Stop by to learn the incredible transformation of the entire region — from an Indian trail to railway, then to logging, and the development of towns' main streets, to the birth of resorting and the popularity of multi-use trails, such as the Paul Bunyan Trail.
Learn more about Pine River Heritage Days by downloading the schedule or calling the Pine River Chamber at (218) 587-4000.