June 9, 1881
The Soo Locks were given to the federal government.
Federal ownership of this valuable passageway at Sault Ste. Marie, ended the several-cent toll that Michigan had collected from ships passing between Lakes Huron and Superior. Today, the locks remain toll free and are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Thank you Michigan Start Pages for this glimpse into our past. See more here.