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Superior in Douglas County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Superior Entry

 
 
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By Keith L, June 12, 2011
1. The Superior Entry Marker
Inscription.  The Superior Entry is the only natural opening through the longest fresh water sandbar in the world. Sand deposits from the lake and the rivers created the bar forming the harbor about 3000 years ago.

The Entry, as first charted in 1861, was 1500 feet wide and 4-16 feet deep. The U.S. Corps of Engineers completed the present 1500 to 2000 foot long concrete piers in 1909 and now maintains a channel 500 feet wide and 32 feet deep. Currents in the channel sometimes reach speeds of more than 3 mph.

The first ore shipped from the mighty Mesabi Iron Range passed through the Entry in 1893. Today the Entry serves one of the busiest ports in the United States, the western terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and handles cargoes of iron ore, coal, petroleum and grain destined for ports throughout the world.
Erected 1976
Superior Rotary Club

 
Erected 1976 by the Superior Rotary Club; the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 231.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels
The Superior Entry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
2. The Superior Entry Marker
. In addition, it is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 46° 42.37′ N, 92° 0.839′ W. Marker is in Superior, Wisconsin, in Douglas County. Marker can be reached from Wisconsin Point Road 3.4 miles north of Moccasin Mike Road. Moccasin Mike Road can be reached from the intersection of US Highway 2 / 53 and County Highway E. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Superior WI 54880, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burial Ground of the Fond du Lac Band (approx. 0.3 miles away); Burlington Northern Ore Docks (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lake Superior (approx. 1.7 miles away); Old Stockade Site (approx. 1.9 miles away); S.S. Meteor (approx. 2.6 miles away); Northwest Portal of Wisconsin (approx. 2.9 miles away); The University of Wisconsin-Superior (approx. 3.6 miles away); Summer White House - 1928 (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Superior.
 
Also see . . .
1. US Army Corps of Engineers. Twin Ports History. (Submitted on June 14, 2011.) 

2. Superior Entry. Saint Louis River Navigation Channel. (Submitted on June 14, 2011.) 
 
Additional comments.
1.
Due to the condition of Wisconsin Point Road, an official highway sign advises to proceed at your own risk.
The Superior Entry image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
3. The Superior Entry
    — Submitted June 14, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

 
Additional keywords. Twin Ports
 
Wisconsin Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
4. Wisconsin Point Lighthouse
Superior Entry South Breakwater
Superior Entry Channel image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
5. Superior Entry Channel
The entry channel is between the concrete walls.
The City of Duluth is in the distance.
Nearby Sign image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
6. Nearby Sign
Wisconsin Point Beach Rules
Ore Dock in Superior Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 12, 2011
7. Ore Dock in Superior Harbor
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 624 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 14, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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