• Voices from the Gathering PlaceSault Ste. Marie: 1622 - 1870

Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868

By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board


In 1875 the first hydroelectric power dam was built at the Sault. This meant that the water from the rapids (hydro) could be used to create power (electricity), although back then there wasn't much to plug in! Today the hydroelectric power dam at the Sault uses that same water flow to make  power for all the electricity used by people in the Sault. What do you think used electricity in the Sault in 1875? What do you or your family use each day that needs electricity today? What wouldn't you be able to do today if there was no electricity? Thanks Sault rapids!

This is a picture of the Lake Superior Power Company  around 1894.

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