Michigan October 30, 2016
The Oldest Town In Michigan That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once
As Michiganders, most of us have heard of Sault Ste. Marie, and we pride ourselves on knowing the proper pronunciation of the town’s name. But did you know that this charming community is actually the oldest in the state? Sault Ste. Marie is full of exciting activities and history to appreciate. Here’s your quick guide to spending a day in this unique town.
Tucked away in the northeast end of the Upper Peninsula, Sault Ste. Marie is one of Michigan’s must-see locations.
It’s situated just steps from the United States-Canada border, and actually sits directly across from an Ontario town with the exact same name.
Michigan’s Sault Ste. Marie originally served as a trading post for various Native American tribes as far back as 12,000 years ago — talk about history. Its story has continued for thousands of years.
In 1668, Sault Ste. Marie became one of the very first European settlements in the Midwest upon being colonized by Frenchman Jacques Marquette.
Following the War of 1812, an official border was established between the Canadian and Michigan sectors of Sault Ste. Marie, effectively creating two separate cities — and that’s how they sit today, connected by a bridge.
During your visit, head straight for the main attraction: the Soo Locks, which allow for water travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes.
If you’re a history buff, you’ve come to the right place. Explore the historic Water Street area or visit the city’s Tower of History, which features extraordinary viewing platforms and information about the settlement of Sault Ste. Marie.
When you’re ready for a bit of relaxation, head over to Soo Brewing Company for a pint of beer. Your brain might need a dose of rest and rejuvenation after taking in all that fascinating history.
There’s even an opportunity to try your hand at a few slot machines or card games nearby. Venture over to Sault Ste. Marie’s Kewadin Casino if you’re feeling lucky.
Looking for some natural fun? Take a scenic walk along the Saint Mary’s River and appreciate the beauty of the freshwater that surrounds you, or explore the nearby Point Iroquois Lighthouse Station.
For dinner, stop in at The Antlers restaurant. This one-of-a-kind eatery features all sorts of mounted animals and other oddities. It’s more than just a meal — it’s an experience.
As your time in Sault Ste. Marie comes to a close, take a moment to wave at Canadian land just across the water. While both of these identically named cities are historical and lovely, there’s simply nothing better than a day spent in the Great Lakes State.
For more information on planning your visit to historic Sault Ste. Marie, visit their city website