We're lucky to live on the scenic shores of Lake Michigan, soaked with all the picturesque beauty and recreation opportunities we could want. But our beloved body of water has a dark, dangerous secret: It's the deadliest of the Great Lakes, and it's not even close.
Tucked into the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room at the Central Library is a trove of data, photographs and objects detailing the maritime history of the Great Lakes. It is administered by the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society and it's there for you to explore.
We took to the drink for a tour of a Lafarge cement ship docked at Jones Island in the Port of Milwaukee to unload "powder" from Lafarge's cement operation in Alpena Mich., before heading out onto the lake for a stop at Grand Haven on its way back up to Alpena.
Long before there was an East Side, there was a North Point Lighthouse. Today the beacon tower sits surrounded by trees in Lake Park, where it is open as a museum, as well as enduring Milwaukee landmark. Let's go inside.
Though we all remember the 2010 "once in a lifetime" storm that caused terrible flooding around the Milwaukee area, few of us have seen anything like the dramatic 1913 Great Lakes hurricane, which toppled ships, killed hundreds sailors - and folks on shore, too - from Lake Superior and Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.
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