The case of the dual Sault Ste. Marie's
is up next.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are two different cities, in two different countries, with the same name and are separated by
the Saint Mary's river. The name of the cities is pronounced as "Soo Saint Marie" or "The Soo" for short. Why would two cities across a river from each other
have the same name? The answer lies in history.
Originally they were just a single French settlement and the French name persists to this day like it does in so many places in that part of North America.
Sault-Sainte-Marie means 'Rapids of Saint Mary' and it is the Saint Mary's river that connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron. They are the oldest European
settlements in the Midwest - being founded by Father Marquette in 1668. After the War of 1812 the British-US Boundary Commission set the boundary
at the Saint Mary's river and the towns eventually incorporated themselves independently using the same names.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is fairly large with 75,000 residents and has produced some wonderful NHL players - including Ron Francis and the Esposito brothers.
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is the second most populous city in the Upper Peninsula but is much smaller than it's sister city across the river with only 14,000
residents. The cities are linked by the International Bridge which spans the Saint Marys.
Soo Michigan is the northern end of I-75 and is home to the Soo Locks. The Locks allow shipping traffic to flow between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
The Locks are run by the Army Corps of Engineers and were last expanded in World War Two in order to facilitate the flow of Iron Ore to the steel mills
to the south. An aside note - if you ever happen to be in Sault Ste. Marie Mich, grab lunch at the Lockview. Get the fresh Superior Whitefish and Perch
- it's pretty awesome. There is also a Ship Museum that contains the lifeboats from the ill fated S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald that went down in Lake Superior in 1975 and
of course is the subject of Gordon Lightfoot's song Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Edmund Fitzgerald and torn up lifeboat