L'Anse-Lac Vieux Desert Trail


L'Anse-Lac Vieux Desert Trail photo of L
Near this spot ran the L'Anse-Lac Vieux Desert Trail, which crossed the interior of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from L'Anse on Keweenaw Bay to Lac Vieux Desert on the Wisconsin border. The trail was used in prehistoric times by native Americans traveling to visit, hunt or trade. Father Rene Menard may have followed this route in 1661 as he traveled south from Keweenaw Bay, a trip from which he never returned. The trail was later used by fur traders, early surveyors and homesteaders. The L'Anse and Lac Vieux Desert bands of Chippewa Indians used this trail into the twentieth century. Today many segments of the L'Anse-Lac Vieux Desert Trail are unpaved roads that can be traveled by car.
 

Registered Site L1198
Erected 1985

Location: Parking lot of Bishop Baraga Shrine
L'Anse, Baraga County

Topics:
Native Americans


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