Monday, September 29, 2014

A bit of History in the Soo!

Friday Evening I was given a driving tour of Sault Ste Marie, MI and  I asked Lynn to please pull over ---

I spied the court house with the sun going down behind it, and it was just SO beautiful, I wanted to get some pictures!

According to Wiki which has the answers to nearly EVERYTHING:

The Chippewa County Courthouse is a three-story, cut stone, Second Empire built in 1877 using a design by Detroit architect William Scott. Additions in 1904 and c. 1930 maintain the same consistent Second Empire architectural style. The building is one of the oldest courthouses still in use in Michigan.
All I knew was that it was a lovely evening, and it was a great night for snapping some photos of a magical place I’d heard a lot of, but had never been before!


Chippewa County Courthouse – Sun going down!


Plaque explaining the history!


beautiful artwork and statues on the ground!

See the trees turning?


It was a lovely evening for sight seeing!  Sault Ste Marie was founded in 1668 and has a long standing history!

Many homes date to the 1700s and though they were closed for touring when we walked up to see them, I took what photos I could!


The John Johnson House!

The last of the summer wildflowers are still hanging on.



He married the daughter of a Chippewa chief and settled here in 1793!



Henry Rowe Schoolcraft married the daughter of John Johnston and his wife Ozhaguscodaywayquay, Jane.  This house is built next door to the Johnston home.

Read more about the Schoolcrafts HERE.



Shaded by the trees across the street!

I wished we had more time to explore the downtown area!  We did get a chance to spend time down at the Soo Locks ---photos of that to come! 

I am breaking this down into smaller bits as I am writing this during a layover and need to get to my gate --- 
Starting next hexie section!

Stitching hexies into surrounded diamond units for the next fill in section on the eternal hexie project ! On the ipod: Listening to The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. Amazing book and fabulous narrator!

PS: the pink thing is the needle threader cartridge for the sewline needle threader thing that looks like a lipstick. It actually works better without the case thing so I'm using just the cartridge! Much smaller, easier to travel with and costs way less!

Yes, you can buy the cartridge as a “refill” separate from the whole deal.

Next stop –Greensboro and home!

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  1. What an interesting bit of history you got to visit. What fun you have on your travels across this US of A. I know you will be happy to sleep in your own bed . Give Sadie Jane a big hug for me.

  2. Those historical markers have been a part of Pure Michigan since 1955, I think. They were such a big deal that when I was little, my dad took pictures of my brother and me next to every one we found. I'm glad you got to see some of them.

  3. The Power of One was one of the best books I ever read. Now that you've reminded me of it, I think I'll have to read it again. The lessons learned from that book are profound. Thank you again Bonnie for sharing your quilting life and your personal experiences with us. Enjoy home and hearth and Sadiejaner.

  4. Glad you got to see some of our wonderful state. It is beautiful, and I never tire of traveling around it.

  5. I have driven through Schoolcraft County in the UP a number of times and wondered why it was named that. Thanks for the info.


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