Sunday, July 10, 2005

History of Hungry Jack Lodge

Unusual and unforgettable is the history of Hungry Jack Lodge to those who have had a part in building it and to those who have visited it.

Hungry Jack Lake received its name in 1884 when U.S. Government surveyors were plotting the land and charting and naming the lakes. The surveyors had hired
Andrew Jackson Scott Sr. (Jack Scott) (1843-1930) a noted guide, hunter and trapper, to guide them through the country that he knew so well. It was late fall when they reached the shores of what is now named Hungry Jack Lake and set up a winter camp. When they ran low on food supplies, the surveyors decided to snowshoe 32 miles into Grand Marais for the necessary provisions. When they arrived, a blowing snowstorm hit. This storm plus holiday celebrations in town prevented the surveyors from returning to camp for two weeks. When they finally returned, poor jack who was nearly starved to death heard them approach and ran from the shack. One surveyor yelled "Hey are you hungry Jack?" Jack replied "Am I hungry Jack! I'm nearly starved to death!" And from that day on, the lake has been named Hungry Jack.
In 1923 the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais was extended to Hungry Jack Lake as a forest fire prevention and fighting trail because of its central and key location to the canoe routes through Superior National Forest. For complete History go to Hungry Jack History.


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Blogger T said...

Jerry Parson took me to the cabin many years ago. He said gangsters stayed their when things got hot in Chicago. He said it was top of the line in its day. There is supposedly at least one hidden escape route from that cabin and several hiding places.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Gunflint said...

Editor Responds - Tommy Banks, a Minneapolis mobster did have a summer home on Hungry Jack Lake just four cabins away from the Lodges. I use to take care of the property, for the owner that purchased the cabin from Tommy and I never found any escape routes from the cabin. I do agree that in its day the cabin was quite a place.

It is my understanding that when Tommy was finally sent to prison for Tax Evasion, the judge that sent him away vacationed at Tommy's cabin afterwards.

5:06 AM  

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