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The Tower of History

Standing high above every other building in Sault Ste. Marie, the Tower of History, is one of the most distinguishable landmarks in Michigan’s first city. Perched 210 feet in the air, the Tower of History offers unbeatable breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

(The above image links to a 360-degree virtual reality video on YouTube. Use your mouse to move it around or try it out with a smartphone!)

You’re bound to walk away with aerial views of the Soo, whether you visit the top of the Tower in the middle of summer or as the leaves begin to change in October.

The viewing area from the top of the Tower of History offers a bird’s eye view of the city.

Construction on the Tower of History began in 1968 as the “Shrine of the Missionaries.” It was meant to tell the tales of early missionaries in the Sault Ste. Marie area. The Sault Historic Sites donated it in 1980, and its scope was then widened to include Native American and missionary history.

An extensive museum exhibit is available on the ground floor of the Tower of History. A video presentation is also available on the lower level.

Visitors can either brave the 292 stairs or ride the elevator up the 25-plus story building. Once on the top observation deck, up to 1,200 square miles are visible, ranging from the Soo Locks to Sugar Island to downtown Sault Ste. Marie, to the Canadian waterfront and northern wilderness, and more.

The Tower of History is open rain or shine from early May to late October. For more information, please click here.