Bayfield Historic Waterfront, Eastern Waterfront / Ferry Dock: Wisconsin's Maritime Trails - Bayfield, WI
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama
N 46° 48.741 W 090° 48.799
15T E 666822 N 5186633
Quick Description: This historical marker is part of the Maritime Trails series and is located on Bayfield’s harbor area.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 10/13/2013 4:59:42 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ96F
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
This historical marker is part of the Maritime Trails series and is located on Bayfield’s harbor area. Its text reads:

Bayfield’s history has been powerfully shaped by its location. Situated on the shores of a deep, natural harbor, the city is sheltered from Lake Superior’s notorious storms by the outlying Apostle Islands. Lighthouses, shipwrecks, and a historic waterfront still evoke the city’s rich maritime past.

Bayfield’s fresh air and spectacular setting have always attracted tourists. The city’s eastern waterfront and ferry dock have traditionally been a point of departure for tourists and summer residents seeking recreation in the Apostle Islands. Ferries have transported people and freight between Bayfield and La Pointe (on Madeline Island) since shortly after Bayfield’s founding in 1856. This tradition began with La Pointe’s enterprising Morrin brothers. The ferry was a bateau—a large, flat-bottomed rowboat.

“Chequamegon Bay, Bayfield harbor and the Apostle Islands are undoubtedly the most beautiful summer retreats in the United States.” -Ashland Daily Press, Annual Edition, 1893

Eventually, hotels were built near the docks to accommodate the influx of summer visitors. Some of those first hotels still survive. Gruenke’s First Street Inn, just a short walk downtown from here, has been accommodating guests for over 140 years. It was originally named La Bonte House.

Erected by
Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.
Group that erected the marker: Wisconsin Historical Society

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Bayfield, WI USA

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: Not listed

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