Postcards from Passage Island Lighthouse at Isle Royale

This undated postcard, published by the E.C. Kropp Company, shows Passage Island Lighthouse and the rugged shore at Isle Royale on Lake Superior.

The caption on the back reads:

Wild and secluded, beautiful Isle Royale is inhabited only by a few commercial fishermen and pioneer cottages, also four resorts, Rock Harbor Lodge, Minong Lodge, Belle Isle, and Island House and Cabins. A race that preceded even the Indians, mined copper here. Signs of their mining operations and a few of the stone hammers they used may still be found.

This second postcard, from a similar era, was published by the Hugh C. Leighton Company. It is postmarked, but the mark is not legible beyond confirming it was mailed in the month of March or May at some point in the 1900s. Miss Lucille Williams of Ashland, Wisconsin was the recipient. It was mailed from Bayfield and contains this simple note:

Hello Lucille
Miss Williams

This more modern postcard is captioned:

Passage Island Light (1882)
Passage Island Lighthouse marks the northeastern end of Isle Royale, guiding vessels into Thunder Bay and it is the northern most American lighthouse on the Great Lakes. The surviving buildings at Passage Island include the original light tower, keeper’s house and fog signal building. The octagonal tower is 8 feet in diameter at the base and 44 feet tall, built into one corner of the rectangular dwelling.

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