Marker 108: Madeline Island

© Photographed June 8. 2018
Erected by Madeline Island Historical Museum
La Pointe, Madeline Island, Ashland County, Wisconsin
46° 46.814′ N, 90° 47.297′ W
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Known to the Ojibway Indians as
"the Home of The Golden Brested Woodpecker"
The largest of the Apostle Islands was one of the earliest areas of Indian settlement, fur trade, missionary activity and commercial fishing in the interior of North America. It was discovered by French explorers in 1659. Trading posts were built here for the French by Le Sueur in 1693 and for the British by Michel Cadotte in 1793. In 1834 this site and present La Pointe dock became headquarters for the Northern Outfit of the American Fur Company. Missionary operations began about 1830 with the erection of a Protestant Church followed by Father Baraga's Catholic Church.
The marker is located at the intersection of Bayfield - La Pointe Avenue and Colonel Woods Avenue (County Route H), on the grounds of the Madeline Island Historical Museum, 226 Colonel Woods Ave, La Pointe, Wisconsin 54850.

NOTE: The only way to access this marker is by ferry.

NOTE: You DO NOT need your vehicle on Madeline Island, unless you plan to take an extensive tour of the island. Leaving your car in Bayfield will save you the substantial charge to take your vehicle across to the island, which charge is addition to the charge per person (vehicles and drivers each pay to ride on the ferry).

See also, Madeline Island Museum and Madeline Island Ferry.

The marker is located on the grounds of
the Madeline Island Museum.

The marker is located at La Pointe, Wisconsin.

La Pointe is a Little Wisconsin Community.

Little Wisconsin will be available May 7, 2019.

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