From history museums to indoor pools, there are plenty of things to do in Crosby and the Cuyuna region while the mountain bike trails dry out.
The Soo Line Depot was built in 1910 and is now home to the Soo Line Depot Museum (101 1st St. NE, Crosby—behind Super One). It has more history per square foot than the Smithsonian—you may also see a community icon such as Mama Cuyuna in person while visiting the museum. School-aged children and adults alike will enjoy perusing the museum’s artifacts, photos, and documents of life and events on the Cuyuna Iron Range. From logging to mining, Miners Hospital or Crosby-Ironton High School yearbooks—if you want to know more about Cuyuna and Crosby and the men and women who founded it, you’ll learn more here.
And if you love history, this is where you can pick up the three-book series of Cuyuna Country history books and the now-famous Cuyuna’s Gourmet Grub with authentic recipes that define the original spice of real Cuyuna food.
The museum is open from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, Tuesday through Saturday, 10a–4p. Tours are available.
While you’re waiting for the singletrack trails to dry out, explore Cuyuna from the road. Check out our paved trail and road cycling routes to catch a glimpse of the Cuyuna countryside that lies beyond the CCRSA. (We give you GPS maps and turn-by-turn directions, too.)
Get a workout in or take the kids for a swim at the Hallet Center of Crosby. For a small guest user fee, you’ll receive access to the pool (and waterslide!), fitness center, and walking track. You must reserve your time slot ahead of time at hallettcenter.com.
The Hallett Center is also a great place to take a shower after biking (showers are available on a walk-in basis.)
When it rains, read! The Jessie F. Hallet Memorial Library in Crosby has a wide selection of books for all ages, as well as a computer lab, iPads—even an Xbox—available for use in the library. If you have young children, they’ll enjoy the kids’ play area puzzles, toys, and playhouse.
If you’re planning to stay awhile, you can get a visitor library card for a small fee. With a card, you can check out movies, books, and board games, and access the library’s online offerings.
Before human-powered outdoor recreation taking Cuyuna by storm, the streets of Crosby were known as the “Antique Capital of the World.” Today, you’ll still see the anchor tenants of that time—antique shops stuffed with everything imaginable. Antiquing is still one of the most popular things to do in Crosby. Browsing Crosby antiques is a great rainy-day idea or a day-of-rest-from-cycling idea—or if you practice homesteading and sustainable living, you may find useful tools and items you can use. And if you’re into Pabst Blue Ribbon or any “original” Minnesota beer in the days before the craft-beer movement, you’re sure to find more than 50 pitchers.
Is your group looking for things to do in Crosby? Take your picking to the next level and make it a team challenge. Divide up your crew and take one hour to explore Crosby antiques and buy the coolest, most unusual find. Set a $20 limit (and remember the shopkeepers may be willing to bargain!) so everyone pays the same amount. When the time is up, meet at a local brewery or coffee shop and, as a group, vote for the best shopping-savvy find. The winner gets bragging rights until you come back next time. Or, you can even go to the Shirt-Shop on Main Street Crosby and get yourself a customized Championship Shirt. (No promises that they can make it that day, but hey, I’ll bet they could ship it!)
We love seeing your Cuyuna antiquing treasures! Share your finds on social media using #grandcuyunaantiquechallenge and tag us (@cuyunaadventuretown).