Crossing the International Bridge into Sault Ste Marie, MI to visit the Soo Locks and Tower of History. This was our second visit since August 2013. On that visit we did not visit the Tower.
Some interesting facts about the locks and passages as noted on the museum postings below. One correction is that 11,000 vessels now pass through instead of 7,000. The Poe Lock is the largest of the four and rebuilt in 1968 to accommodate 1,000 ft vessels. The Soo Locks consists of 3 working locks today. There is a 21 ft drop in elevation of St Mary's River between Lake Superior and Lakes Michigan and Huron. It is 2342 miles from Duluth to Atlantic, It takes 9 hours to pass the 63 miles from Huron and Superior on the St Mary's River.
|Now 11,000 passages|
|Photo of Locks in Museum|
|Types of Vessels that Have Passed Through|
|Huge Ship Passing|
|Almost Through the Lock|
|Through the Lock|
The Tower of History affords 4 viewing platforms accessible by elevator or stairs at a height of 210 feet. The views are spectacular for over 20 miles.
|Tower of History|
|View of Michigan Side|
|John at the Top|
|Another View of Michigan Side|
|View of Canada Side|
Next to the Tower is the St Mary's Catholic Church .
|St May's Plaque|
|St Mary's Church|
While we were over here, made a stop at Walmart for 2 cases of Dasani Water which we cannot seem to find in Canada.