Shrine of Bishop Baraga - Lake Superior Circle Tour

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The Shrine of Bishop Baraga is located in L’Anse in Michigan’s Baraga County. Bishop Baraga is also known as “The Snowshoe Priest”. It is a giant copper statue standing about 60 feet (18.2m) high holding a pair of 28 foot (8.5m) tall snowshoes atop a cliff overlooking Keweenaw Bay. The figure pays tribute to Frederic Baraga, an early pioneer who became the first Bishop of the Upper Peninsula. He was dubbed the Snowshoe Priest after covering great distances in the snow to serve his churches. The Shrine was constructed by Jack Anderson and erected in the 1960’s. Look for the three teepees on Highway 41 west of L’Anse.

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