Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan: Tower of History

After taking the tour of the locks in Sault Ste. Marie, some visitors might want to know where they have been. The Tower of History is there to help.

It's a 210-foot structure located just down the road from the two docks that host the ferry companies. You take an elevator up to the viewing area, which has a few different platforms so that you can see the entire area. The views are pretty good. This picture not only has one of the lock entrances, but downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, as well.

The interesting part of the Tower might be the owner. It's on the grounds of a church; the two share a parking lot. Now, can you imagine the discussion around 1968 there? "We've got some spare land here; let's build a 21-story tower." The church had big plans to make the tower part of a complex dedicated to original missionaries, but apparently decided that was a little too ambitious. So in 1980 it was turned over to a civic organization, if I'm reading the website correctly.

There is a video on local history and a couple of exhibits, but it seems like a tough sell to get people to stop and look at them. I think it was $7 to go up and look around - pleasant enough on a good day, I guess.

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