Near Saxon in Iron County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Apostle Islands Scenic View
You are looking out over the Chequamegon Bay region and Apostle Islands which comprises 22 Islands that form an archipelago about 30 miles long and 18 miles wide.
All except one of the Islands (Long Island) are tops of partially submerged sandstone hills which are an extension of the Bayfield Peninsula.
The islands vary from 3-1/2 (Gull Island) to 14,904 acres (Madeline Island) in size, and rise above Lake Superior from 50 (York and North Twin Islands) to 480 feet (Oak Island).
They have distinctive land forms characterized by steep slopes and rocky cliffs 30 to 60 feet high, battered by the waves of Lake Superior, the world’s largest body of fresh water.
The islands are covered by a lush growth of northern hardwoods including birch maple, hemlock, balsam fir and pine.
The Islands have been used by man for centuries; archeological evidence indicates that Indians used the islands as early as 4000 B.C.
French, British and American Trading Posts operated on Madeline Island from 1693 until 1847.
Commercial fishing began In 1834; this
Sandstone quarries on the mainland and the Islands supplied the building industry with fashionable “Brownstone” for 40 years.
On June 27, 1969, Congress established the “Apostle Island National Shoreline” to be administered by the National Park Service, United States Department of Interior. This will set aside 20 of the 22 Islands (excluding Madeline and Long Islands) and a strip of land along the western shore of the Bayfield Peninsula, for the enjoyment of all.
Erected 1979 by Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Notable Places • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is June 27, 1969.
Location. 46° 30.06′ N, 90° 25.494′ W. Marker is near Saxon, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 2 and Cemetery Road, on the left when traveling east on U.S. 2. Marker is located in a pull-out/turn-around on the north side of the highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saxon WI 54559, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow fliesGogebic Iron Range (approx. 2.3 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail - Plummer Mine (approx. 9 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail - Plummer Location (approx. 9 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail - Plummer Mine Geologic Layer Cake (approx. 9 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Flambeau Trail Crossing (approx. 9½ miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail – A Company Town (approx. 10.3 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail – Montreal Location (approx. 10.3 miles away); George W. Sullivan (approx. 10.4 miles away).
More about this marker. This is a large "poster-style" marker, in a metal frame, mounted horizontally on a waist-high wooden stand.
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1. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore History. It is widely assumed that Indians were the first to inhabit the island. "There is some evidence that they were seen and possibly visited sometime in the fourteenth century by Indians who were making their way to Isle Royale near the north shore of the land in search of copper." Not long after, the islands were visited by Étienne Brûlé, a French explorer who, like many French Canadians, was trying to discover a new way to the East Indies. "Historians believe that the Jesuits named the islands the Apostle Islands according to their practice of giving holy names to new places." It is said that fur traders were (Submitted on October 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Jewels of Lake Superior. Along windswept beaches and cliffs, visitors experience where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources. Lighthouses shine over Lake Superior and the new wilderness areas. Visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior. (Submitted on October 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.