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    Tower of History

    by BruceDunning Updated Sep 20, 2010

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    This monument was built in by Catholic Bishops in 1968 in hopes of attracting more constituents to the congregation. It was intended to be a Shrine to the Missionaries, but that program of having a large complex was canceled and in 1980, this concrete structure was given to the city. It is 210 feet high and has a panorama said to be able to see for 20 miles in all directions. There is a secondary overview area a bit further down from the top. A film inside is of poor to fair quality, and the museum is mostly a joke.
    Open form mid May to Mid October, and 9-6 daily. The cost of $6.50 is a rip off for the 15 minute viewing. Combined ticket can be obtained to also see the close by Valley Camp Ship museum.

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    Main Street shopping and eating

    by BruceDunning Updated Jul 16, 2010

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    The street only goes for 3 blocks, and ends at the canal that serves the Edison Soo power plant at water edge near the bridge. Yes, they have souvenirs and fattening candies. Many old style motels still are active and used for stays. No chain motels were in site.
    The Canadian side is more advanced in commerce and strip (nude)bars.

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    Edison-Soo Hydroelectric Power Plant

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 16, 2010

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    It is the longest plant in US powered by a canal channel that stems off from the locks area. It was constructed in 1902 in expectation to use the 21 foot drop between Superior and Huron lakes at this juncture. It serves Sault st. Marie, and many areas in surrounding 50 mile radius, and has 69 turbines inside generating/capturing the power. The red sandstone is a monument of good architecture building and was found on the site to use for building.

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    Visitor Center Museum

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 16, 2010

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    There is a very nice movie that lasts about 30 minutes describing the locks and history. They also have many exhibits and displays that describe the locks and show the water levels, and artifacts from ships. A very nice tour for free nee the Corp of Engineers.

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    Historic Sault Ste Marie

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 7, 2008

    Sault Ste Marie, founded in 1668, is the oldest city in Michigan and the third oldest city west of the Appalachian Mountains in the US (behind Santa Fe NM founded in 1609, and Green Bay in 1634?).

    The city, and its bigger sister in Canada, were founded by French missionaries, but they had to move their separate ways in 1797 when the chubby girl wouldn't share the gravy at the dinner table. Today, the US city has just 14,000 people, but it is key to one of the most important transportation routes in the entire US. In fact, the Soo Locks Canal is considered the World's busiest canal in term of raw tonnage.

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    Side trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    by Ewingjr98 Written Oct 28, 2008

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    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is an area of about 15 miles of colorful sandstone cliffs along the southern shore of Lake Superior. The park actually extends to cover some 42 miles of shoreline, and it includes water falls, dunes, arches, caves, and trails. Some of the cliffs of Pictured Rocks tower an amazing 200 feet above the surface of the lake.

    Pictured Rocks was the first of four National Lakeshores managed by the National Park Service. The others are all nearby on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Indiana, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. This park was established in 1966 and it attracts about 500,000 visitors annually.

    During my visit I only had time to make the six mile drive from Munising to Miners Castle because we were trying to get to Sault Ste Marie before dark. This is probably the most famous formation of the Pictured Rocks shoreline, but part of the castle naturally crumbled off in 2006.

    So I first heard of Pictured Rocks on Dateline NBC when they had the story of the Juanita Richardson death/murder at the cliffs of the park. She either fell or her husband kicked her off the edge of one of the cliffs because he was having an affair. The jury said guilty.

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    River History Museum

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 16, 2010

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    This is a nice and free museum that takes maybe 15 minutes to walk through. It does display artifacts from ships and wrecks. Also a souvenir shop is inside to enjoy.

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    Holy St. Mary's Cathedral

    by BruceDunning Updated Jul 16, 2010

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    This church is from 1881, and was the mecca for worship for the Catholics that make up a large percentage of the residents here. It is next to the Tower of History concrete monument.

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