Way up in the very northern part of Wisconsin, one of the first European settlements in the United States is unreachable by car — unless Lake Superior’s frozen.
Madeline Island has been inhabited for hundreds of years, and the first Europeans established a mission there in 1665 — around the same time as the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
One of the Westernmost points of the Great Lakes, Madeline Island’s village, La Pointe, was a vital outpost for fur traders for almost 200 years.
Many older buildings remain today, but you’ll need to take a ferry or a small plane to get there in the summer.
– Alex Simon, The 100 Companies