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Signs - Eagle Harbor

Sign and Signboards, Historical markers, Human Settlements, Woody Plants, Trees Horace Greeley landed here on June 15th, 1847. He came on the Independence, the first propeller boat on Lake Superior. It has a maximum speed of 5 miles per hour. That night, Greeley reported, the harbor was frozen over for some distance from shore. There was no dock and oxen he had brought from Detroit were thrown over board to swim ashore. Eagle Harbor was first settled by copper propspectors in 1844 and later became headquarters for many of the copper mines located along the range of hills to the south. The Knights of Pythias ritual was written here by Justus H. Rathbone during the winter of 1859-60. The little school house in which he taught is preserved as a shrine by the Knights of Pythias national association. [Photo of the rustic sign telling the story of Eagle Harbor. An automobile and a man are visible behind the sign.]

Scanned: April 15, 2009