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This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Isle Royale National Park.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Isle Royale National Park, Michigan, United States. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in a Google map.

There are 21 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the park.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted March 31, 2017.


Current listings

Name on the Register Image Date listed Location City or town Description
1 ALGOMA
ALGOMA
June 14, 1984
(#84001699)
Southeast shore of Mott Island
48°06′41″N 88°31′55″W / 48.111389°N 88.531944°W / 48.111389; -88.531944 (ALGOMA)
Isle Royale National Park The Algoma was a passenger steamer built in 1883. In November 1885, it ran into a blinding snowstorm, veered off course, and ran aground near Isle Royale. As the storm continued to rage, the ship came apart, eventually killing 46 people. The wreck of the Algoma was the worst loss of life in the history of Lake Superior shipping.
2 AMERICA
AMERICA
June 14, 1984
(#84001708)
North Gap of Washington Harbor
47°53′39″N 89°13′15″W / 47.894167°N 89.220833°W / 47.894167; -89.220833 (AMERICA)
Isle Royale National Park The America served as a communications link for the communities of western Lake Superior in the early 20th century. Beginning in 1902, she ran three voyages per week among Duluth, Minnesota, Isle Royale, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, as well as numerous small communities in between. In June 1928, the America ran aground while leaving Washington Harbor, and efforts to salvage her were unsuccessful. The ship can be seen from the surface, with her bow in only two feet of water.
3 CHESTER A. CONGDON
CHESTER A. CONGDON
June 14, 1984
(#84001716)
Congdon Shoals on northeast end of Isle Royale
48°11′36″N 88°30′52″W / 48.193333°N 88.514444°W / 48.193333; -88.514444 (CHESTER A. CONGDON)
Isle Royale National Park Originally named the Salt Lake City, when constructed in 1907, the bulk steel freighter sank near Isle Royale in Lake Superior in 1918. It was the first wreck in Lake Superior to be valued at over one million dollars.
4 CUMBERLAND
CUMBERLAND
June 14, 1984
(#84001732)
Near Rock of Ages Light
47°51′28″N 89°19′32″W / 47.857778°N 89.325556°W / 47.857778; -89.325556 (CUMBERLAND)
Isle Royale National Park The Cumberland was a wooden-hulled side paddlewheeler built in 1871. In July 1877, she began taking on water after leaving Thunder Bay, and struck a reef near the Rock of Ages Light. The day was clear and dry, and passengers and crew were removed without difficulty. The wreckage of the Cumberland is intermingled with some portions of the hull of the Henry Chisholm, which sank later in 1898.
5 Edisen Fishery
Edisen Fishery
March 8, 1977
(#77000152)
Rock Harbor
48°05′22″N 88°34′57″W / 48.089444°N 88.5825°W / 48.089444; -88.5825 (Edisen Fishery)
Isle Royale National Park The Edisen Fishery is a collection of seven buildings making up a commercial fishery, constructed between 1895 and 1934 by local fishermen using easily available local materials and built using strictly functional designs.
6 EMPEROR
EMPEROR
June 14, 1984
(#84001748)
North side of Canoe Rocks, on the northeast end of Isle Royale
48°12′02″N 88°29′30″W / 48.200556°N 88.491667°W / 48.200556; -88.491667 (EMPEROR)
Isle Royale National Park The Emperor was a freighter constructed in 1910, and at 525 feet in length, it was the largest Canadian-built freighter ever built at the time of her launching. In June 1947, the Emperor left Thunder Bay, laden with 10,429 tons of iron ore. Her course was miscalculated, and the ship ran aground at 4:15 in the morning on the north side of Canoe Rocks. The Emperor sank within 30 minutes, killing twelve crewmembers.
7 GEORGE M. COX
GEORGE M. COX
June 14, 1984
(#84001749)
Near Rock of Ages Light
47°51′28″N 89°19′32″W / 47.857778°N 89.325556°W / 47.857778; -89.325556 (GEORGE M. COX)
Isle Royale National Park The Cox was launched in 1901 as the USS Puritan, a civilian transport ship. It was used by the US Navy in World War I, but returned to civilian service afterward. It sank in 1933 near the Rock of Ages Light off Isle Royale in Lake Superior.
8 GLENLYON
GLENLYON
June 14, 1984
(#84001750)
Glenlyon Shoals off Menagerie Island in Siskiwit Bay
47°57′08″N 88°44′53″W / 47.952222°N 88.748056°W / 47.952222; -88.748056 (GLENLYON)
Isle Royale National Park The Glenlyon was a freighter built in 1893. Over its career, it was owned by many companies, and hauled both package freight and bulk cargo, as well as, for a short time, passengers for both U.S. and Canada. The ship ran aground on November 1, 1924, while heading for shelter in Siskiwit Bay.
9 HENRY CHISHOLM
HENRY CHISHOLM
June 14, 1984
(#84001752)
Near Rock of Ages Light
47°51′28″N 89°19′32″W / 47.857778°N 89.325556°W / 47.857778; -89.325556 (HENRY CHISHOLM)
Isle Royale National Park The Henry Chisholm was a wooden freighter built in 1880, and was the largest wooden "steam barge" ever built in Cleveland, approaching the practical size limit for a wooden vessel of its type. In October 1898, the Chisholm left Duluth, Minnesota, towing the 220-foot schooner John Martin. A storm blew up and the Martin was cast off. After the gale lessened, the Chisholm spent the next few days searching for the Martin, and struck a reef near the Rock of Ages Light while attempting to enter Washington Harbor. Portions of the Chisholm's hull are intermingled with the wreckage of the SS Cumberland, which had sunk earlier in 1877.
10 Ishpeming Fire Tower
Ishpeming Fire Tower
January 5, 2021
(#100006001)
Greenstone Ridge Trail
47°59′39″N 88°54′55″W / 47.994167°N 88.915278°W / 47.994167; -88.915278 (Ishpeming Fire Tower)
Isle Royale National Park Ishpeming Fire Tower is a ten-foot high tower constructed in 1961. It ia part of the Isle Royale National Park Fire Towers MPS.
11 Isle Royale Light Station
Isle Royale Light Station
August 4, 1983
(#83000880)
Managerie Island
47°56′29″N 88°46′01″W / 47.941389°N 88.766944°W / 47.941389; -88.766944 (Isle Royale Light Station)
Isle Royale The Isle Royale Light (also called the Menagerie Island Light) is located on Managerie Island, at the opening of Siskiwit Bay near the southern shore of Isle Royale in Lake Superior. It was constructed in 1875. Part of the U.S. Coast Guard Lighthouses and Light Stations on the Great Lakes TR.
12 Johns Hotel
Johns Hotel
August 8, 1997
(#97000877)
Washington Harbor, on Barnum Island
47°52′43″N 89°13′58″W / 47.878611°N 89.232778°W / 47.878611; -89.232778 (Johns Hotel)
Isle Royale National Park The Johns Hotel was established in 1892, and was the first summer resort on Isle Royale. There were once 16 buildings on the site, of which two, the main hotel and one cabin, remain.
13 KAMLOOPS
KAMLOOPS
June 14, 1984
(#84001769)
Kamloops Point
48°05′06″N 88°45′53″W / 48.085°N 88.764722°W / 48.085; -88.764722 (KAMLOOPS)
Isle Royale National Park The SS Kamloops was a lake freighter that was part of the fleet of Canada Steamship Lines from its launching in 1924 until it sank with all hands off Isle Royale in Lake Superior on or about 7 December 1927.
14 Minong
Minong
January 24, 2019
(#100003341)
Isle Royale National Park
48°00′00″N 88°55′00″W / 48°N 88.916667°W / 48; -88.916667 (Minong)
Isle Royale National Park The Minong Traditional Cultural Property recognizes the lasting relationship the Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa has with Isle Royale. "Minong" is the Ojibwe name for Isle Royale.
15 Minong Mine Historic District
Minong Mine Historic District
November 11, 1977
(#77000153)
West of McCargoe Cove campground
48°04′58″N 88°43′35″W / 48.082778°N 88.726389°W / 48.082778; -88.726389 (Minong Mine Historic District)
Isle Royale National Park The Minong Mine site contains prehistoric copper mining pits, thought to be as old as 4500 years. In addition, the site contains the remains of the Minong Mine, a 19th century copper mine that produced 249 tons of copper over its ten years of existence.
16 MONARCH
MONARCH
June 14, 1984
(#84001779)
Palisade area on the north side of Blake Point
48°11′20″N 88°26′03″W / 48.188889°N 88.434167°W / 48.188889; -88.434167 (MONARCH)
Isle Royale National Park The Monarch was a passenger-package freighter built in 1890. In December 1906, the departed Thunder Bay for Sarnia in a blinding snowstorm. For some reason, the ship headed off its planned course, and that night it rammed at full speed into the palisade area on the north side of Blake Point on Isle Royale. Miraculously, all but one of the crew and passengers were able to make it to shore.
17 New Feldtmann Fire Tower
New Feldtmann Fire Tower
January 5, 2021
(#100006000)
Feldtmann Ridge Trail
47°51′40″N 89°05′35″W / 47.861111°N 89.093056°W / 47.861111; -89.093056 (New Feldtmann Fire Tower)
Isle Royale National Park The New Feldtmann Fire Tower is a 41-foot tall fire tower constructed in 1964. It is part of the Isle Royale National Park Fire Towers MPS.
18 Passage Island Light Station
Passage Island Light Station
July 19, 2006
(#06000632)
Southwestern end of Passage Island, 3.25 mi (5.23 km) northeast of Isle Royale in northwestern Lake Superior
48°13′27″N 88°21′57″W / 48.224167°N 88.365833°W / 48.224167; -88.365833 (Passage Island Light Station)
Houghton Township The Passage Island Light Station is a lighthouse located 3.25 miles (5.23 km) northeast of Isle Royale, in Lake Superior. It was constructed in 1882. Part of the Light Stations of the United States Multiple Property Submission (MPS).
19 Rock Harbor Lighthouse
Rock Harbor Lighthouse
March 8, 1977
(#77000154)
Rock Harbor
48°05′21″N 88°34′45″W / 48.089167°N 88.579167°W / 48.089167; -88.579167 (Rock Harbor Lighthouse)
Isle Royale National Park The Rock Harbor Lighthouse is located in Rock Harbor on Isle Royale in Lake Superior. It was built in 1855/56, but permanently extinguished in 1879.
20 Rock of Ages Light Station
Rock of Ages Light Station
August 4, 1983
(#83000881)
Southwest of Isle Royale
47°51′34″N 89°19′30″W / 47.859444°N 89.325°W / 47.859444; -89.325 (Rock of Ages Light Station)
Isle Royale The Rock of Ages Light is an active lighthouse on a small rock outcropping approximately 5 mi (8.0 km) west of Isle Royale in Lake Superior. It was constructed in 1908. Part of the U.S. Coast Guard Lighthouses and Light Stations on the Great Lakes TR.
21 Tobin Harbor Historic District
Tobin Harbor Historic District
August 5, 2019
(#100004256)
NE of Rack Harbor
48°09′45″N 88°27′42″W / 48.162500°N 88.461667°W / 48.162500; -88.461667 (Tobin Harbor Historic District)
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