Pictured Rocks National Seashore

Around the Shores of Lake Superior
Around the Shores of Lake Superior
A Guide to Historic Sites
by Margaret Beattie Bogue
University of Wisconsin Press, 2007

History professor Margaret Beattie Bogue leads this tour, circumnavigating Lake Superior clockwise through Minnesota, Ontario, Michigan, and finally Wisconsin,  Along the way, she points out the  cultural and natural history landmarks along or near the shoreline.

Part travel guide and part history, the updated second edition of this volume highlights hundreds of points of interest like Grand Portage, the Agawa Canyon Pictographs, Isle Royale, and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with a brief history, directions, and contact information. A foldout map is pocketed inside the back cover.

Bogue uses the opening chapters to descrive the natural and human history of Lake Superior, from the Ojibwe tribes that preceded French exploration and the fur trade to the development of mining and timber industries, and finally, efforts to preserve and "save" the lake for future generations.

Pictured Rocks National Seashore

With his right hand Hiawatha
Smote amain the hollow oak-tree,
Rent it into shreds and splinters,
Left it lying there in fragments.
But in vain; for Pau-Puk-Keewis,
Once again in human figure,
Full in sight ran on before him,
Sped away in gust and whirlwind,
On the shores of Gitche Gumee,
Westward by the Big-Sea-Water,
Came unto the rocky headlands,
To the Pictured Rocks of sandstone,
Looking over lake and landscape.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
Song of Hiawatha (1855)
Created by an act of Congress in 1966 the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the south shore of Lake Superior was designated America’s first National Lakeshore “... in order to preserve for the benefit, inspiration, education, recreational use, and enjoyment of the public, a significant portion of the diminishing shoreline of the United States and its related geographic and scientific features.”

The picturesque 42-mile-long coastline gets its name from sandstone cliffs stained with copper, iron and manganese oxide mineral deposits. The cliffs along the shelter the nests of peregrine falcons and, further inland, bald eagles can be found nesting atop old white-pine trees.

This was the setting for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, Song of Hiawatha (1855).
"Among the many places of unusual natural beauty at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, these are especially notable," notes Margaret Beattie Bogue in Around the Shores of Lake Superior.

"Sable Falls in the eastern end of the lakeshore is well worth the ninety-four-step final descent. Nearby Grand Sable Lake with its deep blue waters and beautiful dunes are easily accessible by car.

"From the Log Slide Overlook the magnificent expanse of the Grand Sable Banks, a glacially formed perched dune, stretches 5 miles eastward along the shore, forming a remarkably beautiful vista.

"Miners Falls and Munising Falls on the west, close to Munising, are both exceptional.

"The Miners Castle Overlook is yet another outstanding place to enjoy the natural beauty
of the Pictured Rocks colored sandstone formations.

"The Miners Castle Information Station on Miners Castle Road 6 miles north of County Road H58 has relatively short trails from the parking lot to overlooks of the shore below with its multicolored rock formations. One overlook trail leads very close to Miners Castle, an impressive and well-known formation. This is the only readily accessbile place onshore to see the multicolored cliffs for which the lakeshore is named.

"Many choose to view (
the multicolored cliffs for which the lakeshore is named) from the lake using a cruise vessel out of Munising."

by MichaelHofferber@outriderbooks.com
Copyright © 2007. All rights reserved.

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