Wild on the Superior Frontier: A Romance of Settlers' Lives. Lake Superior 1845-1900
by James R. Stevens
With the opening of the Michigan State Canal in 1855, thousands of westernized people migrated into the grand Lake Superior watershed. They came from the eastern states, Upper and Lower Canada, and Europe, all of them seeking new lives and opportunities in mid-continent. They brought their love stories, their religious faiths, their personal skills and industriousness, their fables, and their hopes for rewarding lives. Their endeavours were many whether they were prospectors, lumbermen, coastal sailors, madams involved in the sex trade, women looking for equality, or newspaper editors promoting their towns. This is a book for those who desire a large picture of the past in Superior Country. It contains stories with humour, deceit, awry cases of justice, rough voyages on the Big Lake, amazing finds of mineral wealth, and loving and strained relationships between men and women on the nineteenth-century frontier.