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As early as 1670, the Gooseberry River appeared on explorer maps. The river was either named after the French explorer Sieur des Groseilliers or after the Anishinabe Indian name, Shab-on-im-i-kan-i-sibi; when translated, both refer to gooseberries. In 1900, the Nestor Logging Company built its headquarters at the rive...
The Silver Cliff highway tunnel on the North Shore of Lake Superior, was opened for traffic in the summer of 1994. Highway 61 had steep, unstable cliffs and contained tight curves requiring this tunnel to be built. Further North a couple of miles is the Lafayette Bluff Tunnel similar to this one.