Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The North Shore Revisited.........
Gooseberry Falls is Minnesota's most visited park and that was obvious on a late Sunday afternoon. I got a bit creative trying to get shots with a couple hundred people enjoying the falls.
The Gooseberry River roars over rugged cliffs of billion year old volcanic bedrock in two giant stairsteps.
We decided to take the hike around the falls where I got the next two shots. See the bridge in this picture. Cars are on top and there is a pedestrian walk underneath that brought us back to our starting point.
I love this view of the falls from the opposite side.
The area known as Gooseberry Falls State Park is intricately tied to human use of Lake Superior. At different times the Cree, the Dakotah and the Ojibwe lived along the North Shore.
As early as 1670, the Gooseberry River appeared on explorer maps. It was either named after the French explorer Sieur des Groseilliers or after the Anishinabe Indian name, Shab-on-im-i-kan-i-sibi. When translated, both refer to gooseberries.
In the 1870's commercial and sport fishermen began to use this area. The 1890's brought logging to the area.