Gitche Gumee Ore Bust

Published on: July 8th, 2011 | Last updated: February 12, 2016 Written by:

There’s no solid evidence that the Edmund Fitzgerald ever docked here, but it’s entirely possible.

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This is one of two abandoned, but still standing ore docks on West end of Lake Superior. It was formerly owned by the Soo Line RR and currently by Canadian National.

The tracks leading up to the timber approach trestle are completely obliterated. It’s unclear why the large portion of timber trestle was left standing.

Canadian National has gone a bit overboard trying to preclude access to the abandoned dock by removing stairways and even welding a 50′ long,  steel plate completely across the dock at the shore. Due to time constraints and not wanting to take a dip in Lake Superior while wearing a business suit; their exclusionary measures remain effective for today, but they are by no means insurmountable.

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