Take a walking tour down Ashland’s Main Street and on Chapple Avenue to see several styles of historic architecture, in addition to 17 historic murals. Brochure available. Also see the Wikipedia entry for Ashland’s listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Ashland Ore Dock Base
The concrete ore dock that once extended out into Chequamegon Bay dominated the Ashland shoreline and at one time was the largest manmade structure of its kind in the world. The ore dock base now is being used as a fishing pier.
Ashland’s Soo Line Depot & 950 Locomotive
This large brownstone union depot was built in 1889 by the Wisconsin Central Railway in Richardsonian Romanesque style. The “950″ was built in 1900. At the time it was the largest locomotive in the world and the only Decapod (10-wheel drive) ever built.
Black Granite Quarries
There are two quarries in the Mellen area. Fashionable building stone from these quarries was shipped to all points of the compass, including the President John F. Kennedy gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.
There are old brownstone quarries located on some of the Apostle Islands and on the mainland. This brownstone was used for buildings in major cities across the Midwest, as well as locally.
Within the boundaries of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is the largest and finest single collection of lighthouses in the country.
Marion Park Pavilion
Located in Glidden, this octagon-shaped structure is constructed of virgin hemlock and pine, with a full hardwood floor and hundreds of window panes. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.