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The hard-to-reach island in Lake Superior

by Jan Schroder

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

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