For those of you who have never been to Door County, you may be asking yourself, “What is Death’s Door?” Take a look!
It is beautiful, indeed! But where did it get its name? Death’s Door is the chief navigational passage between the Bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. It lies between the northeast end of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula and the rocky shores of Pilot, Plum, Detroit, and Washington islands.
The legends surrounding Death’s Door portray grim scenes worthy of the passage’s name. They tell of a huge Indian war party pummeled to death against its rocky shores. They recount the last voyages of innumerable wooden ships pulverized by swirling currents and howling winds. But like a fierce squall that blurs the line between sea and sky, the potent legacy of Death’s Door obscures the line between fact and fancy.*
Whether the name come from legends, myths, or just the creative mind of a sea captain, this is easily one of the most beautiful places in Door County.
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