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Porphyry Island Beckons with a Lighthouse, Trails & Gallery

Courtesy Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior

An adventure to Porphyry Island on Black Bay about 8 miles east of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park starts with how you get there. Most people arrive by kayak, canoe or boat. Or you can hire a fishing charter, a floatplane or helicopter. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Ontario

Quincy Smelter, Last of Its Kind

Scott See

Frequent visitors to the Keweenaw Peninsula all seem to know the Quincy Mine with its towering Shaft House. Lesser known, but also historically significant, is the Quincy Smelter off M-26 on the shore of the Keweenaw Waterway in Hancock. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Michigan

Lincoln Funeral Car

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

Lincoln Funeral Car on Display at Duluth’s Depot

This summer, a full-size replica of the Lincoln funeral car is on display at Lake Superior Railroad Museum in the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center, the Depot. more

Jul 18, 2016 12:25 PM Superior Notes

Great Lakes Fleet

Courtesy Jim Dan Hill Library / University of Wisconsin-Superior

In early 1901, Augustus B. Wolvin told executives at the newly formed U.S. Steel Corporation that if they wanted him to manage the “Steel Trust” fleet, he’d only do it from his adopted hometown – Duluth. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Maritime

One River, Two Islands

Richard Hamilton Smith / Courtesy The Nature Conservancy

Two islands – one a sprawling half-mile square and the other barely covering a couple city blocks – reflect evolving attitudes about the St. Louis River and its value to the community. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Recreation

In the early part of the 20th century, the America was an elegant, 182-foot package freighter that served fishing families, businessmen and tourists. All of that came to an abrupt halt June 7, 1928, when the steamer sank off Isle Royale. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Maritime

Esko's Corner

Esko's Corner, an Illustrated History of Esko and Thomson Township

In early 2008, a dozen of us got together with the blessings of the Esko Historical Society and set out to compile a local history. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Books, Video & More

Walter Scobie

Alan Haraf / U.S. Coast Guard

Walter Scobie will always remember June 18, 1961, when his quiet morning was shattered by an explosion that ripped through Stannard Rock Lighthouse, where he was stationed. This summer, Walter returned for the first time. more

Aug 19, 2015 4:18 PM Maritime

Soo Locks

Bill Howe

On June 18, 1855, the steamer Illinois locked through upbound and ushered in a new era in Great Lakes shipping. But the Soo Locks didn’t come easy. The planning and building of the locks were as fraught with obstacles as the waterway they traversed. more

Jul 27, 2015 3:18 PM , Maritime

Mystical Michipicoten: Memories from a Majestic Island

Donn Larson

To the Anishinaabe, it was a mystical floating isle that eluded approaching canoes – disappearing, then emerging again from the mist. At creation, Gichi Manidoo veiled Michipicoten Island in a shroud of mystery still palpable. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Ontario

Still Here and Thriving

Ivy Vainio

Mooningwanekaaning-minis, “Home of the Golden-Breasted Flicker,” is the Anishinaabe homeland. Today, most call it Madeline Island. Ten millennia ago, people walked and canoed the lands surrounding the island, fished the waters and lived in reverence. more

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM The Lake

The Minnesota mining town of Chisholm, incorporated in 1901, showed an early love for baseball. The city's most famous big-league ballplayer played just a few innings in the majors, but he became the stuff of legends thanks to a book and movie. more

Jun 17, 2014 4:24 PM Recreation

Étienne Brûlé

Jeanne K. Hanson

Étienne Brûlé was almost certainly the first European seen by the Lake Superior region’s Ojibwe people. Many scholars believe he was the first European to view Lake Superior from the eastern tip. Here is the story of his short and adventurous life. more

Jun 1, 2014 3:47 PM Great Lakes

Shipwrecks Alive!

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

What’s it like to scuba dive at a shipwreck? How does a Lake Superior wreck differ from one in the South Pacific? You’ll find the answers at Great Lakes Aquarium. “Shipwrecks Alive!” is a new exhibit that opened July 3. more

May 9, 2014 11:40 AM Minnesota

This rich anthology about a small community 10 miles west of Duluth should be savored and appreciated one story at a time. Leave it by your favorite easy chair to read a little each day. No need to be a history buff or a local to enjoy it. more

May 9, 2014 10:38 AM Books, Video & More

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Courtesy Feast of the St. Claire

History will come alive this July when reenactors set up displays and camps during Rendezvous in the Sault, a living history festival celebrating the period of 1668 to 1840. more

Jul 16, 2013 10:01 AM Michigan

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

As the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center celebrates its 40th anniversary, it’s one of the most-visited attractions in the Lake Superior basin and an anchor of a hopping Canal Park. Annual visitation has even topped half a million in recent years. more

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Maritime

Double-N Donn: So Terrible a Storm

I’ve had a little time recently to catch up on my reading and found a book that reconnected me to a story I grew up hearing – the plight of the Mataafa during the Thanksgiving week storm of 1905. more

Dec 14, 2012 8:56 AM Superior Notes

Notes about Lake Superior. more

Nov 7, 2012 3:21 PM Lake Superior

Notes about Lake Superior. more

Sep 19, 2012 11:04 AM Lake Superior

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