Sault Ste. Marie Information & Overview

Sault Ste. Marie is a city in Chippewa County in the state of Michigan. Sault Ste. Marie is situated on an island at the north-eastern end of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on the Canadian border. Spelled out as Sault Sainte-Marie, the city's name is French, meaning, "the Rapids of Saint Mary," which is the river that separates Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan from its twin city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario as well as joins Lake Superior with Lake Huron.

In the English spelling of the name, no hyphens are used, but in both spellings it is often written as Sault Ste. Marie. Both cities and the greater area are typically referred to as "The Sault," or more often pronounced as spelled as "The Soo."

The International Bridge connects Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to its sister Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The shipping traffic in the Great Lakes system bypasses the rapids of the St. Mary's River by using the American "Soo Locks," while smaller recreational and tour boats use the Canadian Sault Ste. Marie Canal.

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is the second most populous city in the Upper Peninsula as of the 2000 census.

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