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Canada 150

Travis Novitsky

In 1867, travel in the area of today’s Thunder Bay was limited to paddling waterways or going by steamship. There were no major east-west roads or railways. Sault Ste. Marie had 800 residents who used the St. Marys River as their highway. more

May 1, 2017 12:00 AM Ontario

Land, Water & History: Exploring Our Geoheritage

Parks Canada

Have you ever stood barefoot on massive rocks beside Lake Superior? The idea of geoheritage is to connect people to geological history by pointing out significant features and highlighting the way we use and interact with the landscape. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Lake Superior

The Ford Bungalow: Keweenaw Bay’s Secret Oasis

Tia Osweiler

Henry Ford’s secluded retreat in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan thrives today as a waterfront inn. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Michigan

Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum Expands

Courtesy Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum

Slednerds and slednecks can find snowmobile history heaven in Naubinway, Michigan, at the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum. A 36-by-76-foot building addition brings the number of displays to 180 unique and prototype sleds stretching back decades. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Michigan

The Outlaw Bridge

Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society 973.105.132

Some Big Lake Rotary clubs “broke” the law to link Ontario and Minnesota, but they did it in a style worth remembering. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM The Lake

Maurices: Small Town Roots, Big Time Success

Courtesy maurices

The store that Maurice Labovitz built in Duluth in the 1930s has made a successful business splash across the United States and Canada. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Lifestyle

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

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

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