I have researched out the possible locations of each Sault Mission established by the Jesuit Fathers Raymbault, Jogues, Marquette and Albanel. It is documented that the first Sault MI mission was located 3 leagues south from the mouth of Lac Superieur. Literally translated, this mission would have been on the western bay most likely between "Mission", or the bay on 5 Mile Rd. For those of us who live in the area, the mission served as a medicine house, prayer house, refugee camps for displaced Sioux, Dakotas and Iroquois. Since the international Saults have the same history, and it wasn't until the victorious American Revolution, did the division of the borders begin. As a matter of fact, it wasn't until late 1790's, that the American government decided to put some interest in their northern territories for trade and commerce. Knowing full well that the Sault rapids were the mainstream of nautical trade routes for the French, British and Ojibwe's for the past hundred years (more for the Anishnabe), the Americans occupied the old Fort Repentigny, which was rebuilt twice in the wake of the War of 1812. Their fear was that Britain would invade the US through the north side of rapids and saw the area as vulnerable. In the 1820's, the Fort was enhanced by Colonel Hugh Brady and then rebuilt some 60 years later on the present location of Lake State University. These buildings also exist today.
Why am I sharing all this vital historical information? It should be a hot spot of activity, from mission locations, smallpox epidemics and Iroquois-Ojibwe wars. There was a cemetery on the site of Fort Repentigny/Fort Brady (was located at present Armory Place but the bodies have been removed to Riverside Cemetery) and known sicknesses and suicides did occur. The Indian cemetery was also abandoned and demolished, and was located on the present site of Park Place. As a side note, Portage Lane was actually the front garrison entrance. If you do venture to these places, please be respectful and even if you do not encounter any paranormal activity, it's still a beautiful walk along the Sault MI waterfront.
On the Canadian side, it should be noted as well that there was a trading post and Fort location on the present site of St. Mary's Paper Corps. As you journey past the hydro station on your way to the Sault Locks Canal, the open area known as the "gateway" site was the location of these 18th Century trading activities. The "blockhouse" was removed in the 1990's and taken to it's present site beside the Ermatinger Old Stone House.
Which brings me to Charles Oakes Ermatinger's activities in the latter part of the 18th Century to the early 19th Century. Ermatinger also had bought up property on the Sault MI side, from Jean-Baptiste Nolin, the french fur trader, and had trade connections on Drummond Island and Mackinaw Island. The only known location of Ermatinger's abode is the Old Stone House, which he abandoned during the burn-outs by the Americans in 1814 to live on the Sault MI side of the rapids. He did return and finished his stone house in 1815, rebuilt his trading post on the present site of Purvis Marina (Bay St.).
The present location of Precious Blood Cathedral did house a wooden church prior to 1846, and did have a cemetery at the current derelict and empty lot which used to Boston's car lot. Catholic burials would have adhered to strict rules of burying their deceased on consecrated grounds or close to a church.
This also brings me to Ojibwe burial mounds. Now, don't quote me, but I'm sure that St. Mary's Island could have housed several. By now, they would look like a grown-over bunker. Should you encounter any of these mounds, please be respectful.
Looking at old maps by French explorers, there was a civilisation documented on the Sault ON side right at St. Mary's Island, and also expanded to the current site of ASI, Prince Township and Gros Cap, although these names were not actually documented until the 1700's. The "Village de Saulteurs" was actually the present Gros Cap. I am sure that Ojibwe burial mounds would have been destroyed during any housing development. Not to mention that we do still have "Voyageur" trails in existence, and we as local residents have taken for granted these important historical facts.
There are many "hot spots" in the International Sault Ste. Maries. As the historical data adds up, these are the locations I will be investigating shortly. I would encourage anyone to check them out if they wanted to making sure you are well protected and prepared.
Precious Blood Cathedral
Ermatinger Old Stone House
Sault Ste. Marie Public Library - Korah Branch
Queen St. Cemetery