Marker 213: Summer White House - 1928

Photographed June 27, 2013
Erected 1975 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin
46° 43.515′ N, 92° 6.073′ W
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SUMMER WHITE HOUSE - 1928
On May 31, 1928, President Calvin Coolidge accepted former Senator Irvine Lenroot's invitation to spend the summer in the Superior area. Henry Clay Pierce had offered Cedar Island Lodge, part of a 4,000 acre Brule River estate, to serve as living quarters for the President and his family.

Superior Central High School was designated the official White House Offices for the presidential party and served in that capacity from June 15, 1928 until September 10, 1928.

On July 16, 1928, President Coolidge welcomed presidential nominee Herbert Hoover to the area. The Superior visit was Mr. Hoover's first public appearance after his nomination. From the steps of Central High, President Coolidge announced his support of Hoover's candidacy to crowds of newsmen, visitors, and area residents. Hoover had taken a firm stand in favor of the Great Lakes Waterway and was hailed as the obvious choice for the presidency.

During his stay here, President Coolidge also found time to fish on the Brule River, one of America's most famous trout streams.
The marker is located inside the Douglas County Historical Society building, located at 1101 John Avenue, Superior, Wisconsin 54880.  Because the marker is inaccessible, and because I did not visit the area during the limited hours the Historical Society is open, I was unable to photograph this marker.



Deteriorating homes next to historical society building

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