• UNIT-Local History Component
    Title: Years of Progress
    Focus: As the Sault continued to grow from the 1890s to the 1940s, tourism became a major industry.
    Connection: Remember when we talked about different industries in Michigan.  Today we are going to talk about how the Sault became a tourist destination.
    Teaching Point:
    1. As the city grew, it expanded away  from Water and Portage Streets.
    2. Roads and bridges were built, and there were streetcars.
    3. Tourists came by train, ship, and automobile.
    Resources for Teachers:

                The area south of the Sault (Bruce, Dafter and Soo Townships, Kinross, Pickford, Rudyard, Goetzville) began to be settled for farming in the 1880s. This meant that Sault Ste. Marie was the market center for an increasing population, supporting more retail stores and other types of businesses. Between 1880 and 1890, the population of the Sault increased by almost 300%, while the population of Chippewa County increased by a more modest 230% — which together is  a phenomenal amount of growth in one decade!  Then, between 1890 and 1940, the city’s population grew by another 275%, while the corresponding growth for the county was 231%. (The population of the Sault today is, in fact, smaller than it was in 1940, while the county population is significantly larger now than it was in 1940. The Sault’s population fell off rather dramatically in the 1960s due to closures of the Tannery, Union Carbide, and Cadillac-Soo Lumber Company.) See City of the Rapids for population figures (p. 311) and more detail about the industries of the city.

                Shipping tonnage through the Sault Locks is also an interesting study of growth and decline. Between 1890 and 1940, total freight tonnage grew by almost 1,000%, from about 9 million tons to an astonishing 89 million tons!  Interestingly enough, the 1940 tonnage is quite close to the tonnage in recent years. See City of the Rapids for population figures (p. 311) and more details about this 50-year period (chapters 8 and 9).

    Active Engagement: Coloring Pages with descriptive text 42-43student pages.

    Share: Students make a brochure of a tourist attraction in Sault Ste. Marie.

Last Modified on February 14, 2018