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"Gar-How" Ferry

Date: 1973-05-16 

Description: View of the ferry "Gar-How" taken from on board the ferry "Island Queen" while both were docked at Madeline Island. The "Gar-How" was named after Howard Ru...

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: View from the water of the Mission, dock, Mission cottages, and Congregational Church on Madeline Island.

Photographs from the Apostle Islands

Learn about the history of the Apostle Islands in the northnmost part of Wisconsin, a popular summer refuge for tourists and residents.


Apostle Islands

Date: 1913 ca.

Description: Mary Baldwin (Duluth), John Neimeyer (Duluth), and the bow of the "Zenya."


Soldier's Rock

Date: 1907 

Description: Woman standing on soldier's rock on Madeline Island.

Date: 1922 

Description: The American Fur Company warehouse, also called Old Treaty Hall. In 1832 the fur company moved its Bayfield post to the Island (Madeline Island), and on th...

Date: 1895 ca.

Description: Shingle mill workers posing outside the cook shanty while the mill was shut down for repairs. They are, left to right as numbered on the photograph: 1. Joh...

Date: 1884 ca.

Description: Panorama bird's-eye view of the town of Ashland, on Lake Superior, and the Apostle Islands.

Date: 1932-08-14 

Description: Watershed sign unveiled with ceremony participants. The marker is 39 miles south of Ashland adjacent to Highway 13, 2 miles north of Gordon Lake.

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: Leo Capser, founder of the Madeline Island Historical Museum, sitting on a bench playing piano on the Old Mission Dock at Madeline Island.

Date: 1932-08-14 

Description: Front row: W.E. Dillon, County Highway Commissioner of Ashland; Andrew Good of Gordon Lake at Glidden; Patsy Winter of Ashland and Leo Jerome Driscoll, unv...

Date: 1929 ca.

Description: The gorge of the Bad River below Brownstone Falls.

Date: 1938 ca.

Description: A car can be seen in the distance driving down the highway towards an entrance sign for "McCorison's Clam Lake Lodge-Cabins Boats Musky Pike Bass."

Date: 1940 ca.

Description: The Old Mission Congregational Church. The church was built in 1832 for a mission founded by Frederick Ayer in 1830. It is said to be the oldest Protestant...

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: Ojibwe wooden burial houses surrounded by wooden fence on Madeline Island. Two women stand in the background.


Rustic Stairway

Date: 1940 

Description: People descending a rustic stairway leading down to the trail along the Bad River.


Second Street

Date: 1915 ca.

Description: View of Second Street with a car on the street and a large brick building on the left.

Date: 1886 

Description: Bird's-eye view of Ashland, on the shores of Lake Superior, with insets of The Apostle Islands Chequamagon Bay & Ashland, and Distances from Ashland.

Date: 1929 ca.

Description: Exterior view of the building under construction, with two men working on the side of the log building on wooden scaffolds. This is probably on the site of...

Map or Atlas

Sanborn Map of Mellen

Date: 1909-09 

Description: Sheet 1 of a Sanborn map of Mellen.

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