Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Landmarks and History - Father Baraga’s Cross

Schroeder, MN



In 1846, Father Frederic Baraga, a missionary, was crossing Lake Superior in a small boat when a sudden storm came up. The lives of Father Baraga and his crew were spared when they were blown into the mouth of the Cross River, near what is now the village of Schroeder. They erected a small wooden cross at the mouth of the river as a symbol of their gratitude. Today, Father Baraga’s Cross has been replaced with a permanent granite cross and is a historical marker on the North Shore.

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