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This week marks the 100th anniversary of the "Black Friday Storm," a swirl of rain, wind and waves that left about 50 people dead on Lake Erie.

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Bob Dylan, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, launched his remarkable music career in the clubs of New York's Greenwich Village.

But the roots of his haunting, soulful tunes may have come from an earlier source: the Lake Superior port of Duluth.

Antelope shipwreck
Ken Merryman

This eerie video takes you deep into Lake Superior, where a century-old shipwreck lies, with masts and rigging nearly intact. Explorers Ken Merryman, Jerry Eliason and Kraig Smith recently used a remote camera to photograph their find: the 187-foot Antelope. The coal-hauling freighter sank in rough waters in October, 1897.

 

Mules named Sal are hard to find these days along the Erie Canal. But almost two centuries after workers began digging its route across upstate New York, you can still see barges pushed and pulled through what some consider the first superhighway of the U.S.

As the canal prepares to celebrate its bicentennial next July, some are questioning whether the canal is still worth subsidizing.

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Sep 13, 2016

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