Marker 231: The Superior Entry

© Photographed September 11, 2016
Erected 1976 by the Superior Rotary Club
and the Wisconsin Historical Society
Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin
46° 42.37′ N, 92° 0.839′ W
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The Superior Entry is the only natural opening through the longest fresh water sandbar in the world. Sand deposits from the lake and the rivers created the bar forming the harbor about 3000 years ago.

The Entry, as first charted in 1861, was 1500 feet wide and 4-16 feet deep. The U.S. Corps of Engineers completed the present 1500 to 2000 foot long concrete piers in 1909 and now maintains a channel 500 feet wide and 32 feet deep. Currents in the channel sometimes reach speeds of more than 3 mph.

The first ore shipped from the mighty Mesabi Iron Range passed through the Entry in 1893. Today the Entry serves one of the busiest ports in the United States, the western terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway, and handles cargoes of iron ore, coal, petroleum and grain destined for ports throughout the world.
The marker is located on Wisconsin Point Road / County P,  3.4 miles north of Moccasin Mike Road / County E, Superior, Wisconsin 54880.

NOTE: Wisconsin Point Road follows a narrow peninsula bordered by Allouez Bay to the south and Lake Superior to the north. The public beach on the north side of the peninsula is gorgeous! Go to the end of Wisconsin Point Road to find the marker; do not take any turn off Wisconsin Point Road. There is a small parking area at the very, very end of Wisconsin Point Road, and the marker is next to the parking area. There is also a fabulous view of the Superior Entry Lighthouse from the marker location (see below).

These are also located along Wisconsin Point Road:

 With the Superior Entry Lighthouse in the distance.

When you see this sign you're almost there!

 Signage at Moccasin Mike Road and Wisconsin Point Road.

Follow the signage on northbound U.S. Route 53 . . .

 The  marker is located in Superior, Wisconsin.

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