History of the Village

For more than a century, Hanging Horn Lakeside Resort has been a favorite Northwoods destination. 

It sits peacefully amidst 28 acres of beautiful woodland county bordering  the shores of Little Hanging Horn Lake just east of Barnum. The village has quite an interesting history. 


 In 1921 this picturesque, primitive spot was originally created as a Methodist Assembly Ground. The church was built in 1889 as a place of worship for the Presbyterians settling in Barnum at that time. 

In the early 1900’s, the Superior and Mississippi Railroad owned the property that would eventually become the Arrowhead Methodist Youth Camp. In the 1950’s, the property changed hands and the prestigious Arrowhead Music Camp was founded. For over 30 years, gifted professional musicians taught students at the camp each summer - many of whom went on to have very notable musical careers- including Minnesota's own and beloved "Prince," who attended the camp in the late 1970s.


The center point of this musical activity was always the large lodge building on the lakeshore known as The Music Building, a venue for many memorable concerts, entertaining the lakeshore residents on summer evenings, with music floating across the lake. 

This lodge was built in 1921 from lumber cut around the turn of the century. More then likely at that time the lodge was one of the largest buildings of its kind in the area. 

We acquired Hanging Horn in 2013 and began the large task of restoring and renovating the property to bring out the resorts true beauty. 

Our first objective was to retain and preserve the site and keep it’s environment intact while restoring and refurbishing the buildings to provide the highest standard of family accommodation and recreation. Our second objective is to create an atmosphere where our guests can relax, feel at home and enjoy themselves. We hope that when you come  to stay with us you can agree, we have achieved these objectives. 

We greatly appreciate all the time and effort involved by the Moose Lake Historical Society to help us find all of our precious history.

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