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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Snowshoe Priest of Baraga

The beloved snowshoe priest, Father Baraga, arrived in the UP near L'Anse in 1843. Originally from Slovenia, his mission was to minister to the American Indian population. He learned to speak Ottawa and Chippewa and would travel on foot, even in the winter, using his trusty snowshoes. They say he trekked as much as 700 miles through the snow each season. He was loved deeply.  This 60-foot monument looks over L'Anse and Lake Superior.

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