Sault Ste. Marie Could Soon Be Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Sault Ste. Marie is the oldest city in Michigan and soon it could be on the National Register of Historic Places.

Several historians and business owners listened to a presentation Tuesday by consultant William Rutter.

Rutter explored every building in the downtown and documented what he saw over the past few years.

The whole process has taken six years to get to this point. But if the Soo gets recognized on the federal level, it’s a big deal.

“It only not helps us celebrate our historic downtown on a national level, it also opens the door for a number of incentives that allows property owners to invest in the historic buildings and bring them back to life,” downtown development authority, Justin Knepper said.

In May, the state review board will decide whether to advance the process to the National Park Service.

They will make the final decision.