Crossing Conversations: 50 Years of International Friendship
In 2012, the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge marks 50 years joining the cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; the State of Michigan, and the Province of Ontario; and the United States and Canada.
The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority is pleased to present this special, locally produced, presentation. Now available on line, in High Definition!
Commemorating this significant milestone, “Crossing Conversations” shares the history of the crossing’s genesis, highlights the International Bridge Administration’s legacy of top-quality maintenance, and provides a look at the next 50 years of the bridge’s service to the U.S. and Canada. (more…)
All families have their oft repeated stories from the past, and mine is no different . . . though we think this border “tail” of ours is unique.
Little David was born in 1920 and lived with his parents on the Canadian side of the St. Mary’s River. One day when he was six or seven years old his mother allowed him, as she often did, to bring his best friend – his puppy – on a visit to his aunt’s home in Sault, Michigan.
These were the tokens used for International Transit between the two Saults. When it became apparent that the ferry traffic was going to be discontinued forever, I kept the token from my last ferry ride as a memento.
Prior to the completion of the International Bridge in 1962, travelers transiting the St. Mary’s River between the cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan did so either by private boat or by purchasing passage on the ferry services which were in existence during this period. These services, which served the area from the mid 1800’s through 1962, began prior to the advent of the automobile, when most passengers were pedestrians (although fare rates were established for horses with riders). (more…)
Dr. Lou Lukenda, dentist and dedicated community servant, recalls the years he lived in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, but traveled to the U.S. side as part of his duties on the Lake State advisory board, both on the ferries, and later on the International Bridge: (more…)