Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Tower of History

So I went up into the Tower of History for the first time and I'll have to say it was pretty cool.  It provides a pretty good view of Sault Ste Marie and the Locks.  Something tells me that is dependent on how well they keep the windows clean though.  Fortunately, they were pretty clean when I went up there.
 The Tower was bult in 1968 by the Catholic Church as the Shrine of the Missionaries.  It was going to be part of a larger complex dedicated to the early missionaries who did much of the settling of the area.  That was never finished and the Tower was donated to the Sault Historic Sites in 1980.  It has been called the Tower of History ever since.
 Like I said, it gives a pretty nice view of the Locks because it is 210 feet tall.  If there weren't so many trees around the locks, you could probably see some of the ships in the locks.
 A shot of the hydroelectric plant.
 Looking down towards the south.
 The SS Valley Camp which is now a museum.  This will be one of the things I'm going to check out on one of the next times I'm up at the Soo.
 The Cort entering the Poe Lock.
 Looking down at the Church.
 Giving you an idea of the 210 feet.
 Looking over towards the downtown area.
 They have a mural up on one of the walls.  It was kind of funny because art was imitating life on that day.
 This is representation of the first Catholic shrine in the area.
Looking up at the tower.

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