Sault Ste. Marie is a city located in Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 16,542. It is the county seat of Chippewa County. It is on the Canadian border, separated by the St. Marys River from the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
The city is the site of the Sault locks which let ships travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. Although not as busy as in past years, a considerable amount of domestic and foreign commerce passes through the locks. People come from around the world to view close up the ships passing through the locks. The largest ships are 1,000 feet long by 105 feet wide. Those large ships are domestic carriers (called lakers) that are too large to transit the Welland Canal around Niagara Falls. Therefore, they're land-locked. Foreign ships (termed salties) are smaller.
Sault Ste. Marie is home to Lake Superior State University, located on what was once an army base.
Tourism is a major industry in what's usually referred to as the Soo. The locks and nearby casinos are the major draws, as well as the forests, inland lakes and Lake Superior shoreline. It's also a gateway to Lake Superior's scenic north shore through its twin city Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The two cities are connected by the large International Bridge, a suspension bridge passing over the St. Mary's River.
Ojibwa (Chippewa) Native Americans had lived at the Falls of St. Marys for untold centuries, since they provided an excellent place to catch fish. In 1668 French missionaries Dablon and Marquette founded a mission, making the Sault the third oldest city in the United States. The falls proved a choke point for shipping. Early Lake Superior ships were hauled around the rapids, much like moving a house. It took weeks. The first American locks were built in 1855.
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Sault Ste Marie Municipal Airport/Sanderson FieldAeronautical information includes location, runway, taxiways, navaids, radio frequencies, FBO information, weather, sunrise and sunset times, aerial photo, airport diagram.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI Chamber of CommerceBusiness directory, calendar of events, community news and information.
Sault Ste. Marie: WikipediaCensus, geography, and demographic information for the city provided by Wikipedia.
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa IndiansHealth, culture, education, recreation, ACFS enrollment, housing, judicial, and police departments. Provides an events calendar, board meeting schedule, membership services directory, Tribal code, Sault Tribe History, and Anishinabeg History.
Sault Tribe Police DepartmentAreas of jurisdiction, listings of officers, FAQs and contacts.
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa IndiansInformation on programs and services as well as the Tribe's history.