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Lakeshore Logbook – Lane Johnson

Lakeshore Logbook – Lane Johnson

Lane Johnson As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we are collecting and sharing the stories of people connected to the islands, whether they are park guests, former residents or former park employees. This is the 29th in our series called “Lakeshore Logbook,” a collection of memories provided by former National Park Service employees. Living and working in the park on a day to day basis, they’ve experienced a lot to be sure. We hope you enjoy their perspectives. Lane Johnson worked as an Archaeological Technician with the Resource Management Division with a fair bit of natural...

Where in the park is Neil? The week 14 answer is Hermit Island

Where in the park is Neil? The week 14 answer is Hermit Island

As part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, we’re going on a virtual tour with Neil Howk, a man who has spent decades exploring the islands and teaching people about what makes them special. He knows the islands like the back of his hand. At the fourteenth stop on our digital tour, Neil is on Hermit Island, thought to be named for William Wilson, an employee of the American Fur Company who built a cabin on the island and led a solitary life there in the 1850s.  Hermit Island is at 46.8862° N, 90.6880° W. It’s about 2 miles north of Madeline...

Where in the park is Neil? The week 10 answer is Basswood Island

Where in the park is Neil? The week 10 answer is Basswood Island

As part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, we’re going on a virtual tour with Neil Howk, a man who has spent decades exploring the islands and teaching people about what makes them special. He knows the islands like the back of his hand. At the tenth stop on our digital tour, Neil is on Basswood Island. The island is at 46.8568° N, 90.7379° W. The era of quarrying Lake Superior Sandstone in the Apostle Islands began when the Smithsonian Institution tested stone from Basswood Island and found it to be strong and durable in 1869. This led to...