Edisen Fishery, photo 1975
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Edisen Fishery
South side of Rock Harbor, near Middle Islands Passage, Isle Royale National Park - Keweenaw County
Property Type log house
Historic Use DOMESTIC
Current Use DOMESTIC
Style Other
Narrative Description The Edisen Fishery, located on the southern shore of the Rock Harbor in the Isle Royale National Park, is a commercial fishing complex of seven buildings. A single-story log fish house, a similar net house, sleeping cabins, privy, chicken coop, docks, and fishing equipment have been well maintained. All buildings are of log construction, covered by ship lap or tongue- and-groove board sheathing. A dory-style whale boat with an outboard rudder and a decked-over bow docked nearby is an integral part of the complex.
Statement of Significance The Edisen Fishery is the best continuously used example of a commercial fishery at Isle Royale. The structures and variety of fishing equipment in the complex represent the development of commercial fishing techniques on Lake Superior since the beginning of the twentieth century. Constructed between 1895 and 1934 by local fishermen, the buildings have been maintained with locally available materials. Year-round residents Peter and Laura Edisen have added buildings as needed, based on strictly functional designs. The fishery is still operational and currently open to visitors.
Period of Significance 1866-1900
Significant Date(s) 1895, 1900, 1934
Registry Type(s) 03/08/1977 National Register listed
06/18/1976 State Register listed
Site ID# P23799