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Mikel B. Classen – Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

Author, Photographer, and Historian

Recipient of the Historical Society of Michigan’s, 2020 George Follo Award for Upper Peninsula History

News From Mikel: 4/02/2022 – My new book, True Tales – The Forgotten History of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is now available. It is available on Amazon in hardcover, softcover, and ebook. The link is here: Buy True Tales on Amazon.

Latest Posts

Historical Logging Camps – Images of Upper Peninsula Logging – Michigan

  There were logging  camps in every part of the Upper Peninsula. They are the stuff of north country legends and lumberjacks were notorious for their drinking and brawling. Most of the lumbering towns have their tales of bullets and blood. Logging covered the entire U.P. and in a decade, much of the thick pine … Continue reading Historical Logging Camps – Images of Upper Peninsula Logging – Michigan

Video – Mikel Classen talks about his U.P. Notable Book – Points North

This is a recent video of me talking about my book Points North. It is a bit rough because my zoom hookup was sketchy. I did this for the U.P. Notable Books Club that is administered through the Crystal Falls, Michigan Library.  It gets into a lot of the background on the book and some … Continue reading Video – Mikel Classen talks about his U.P. Notable Book – Points North

A Walk Among Giants – Estivant Pines – Copper Harbor – Michigan

We all like to take a walk in the woods. Trees towering over our heads and the wonderful smell of pine needles as the sun fights through the dense leaves creating the dappled light of the deep forest, is unlike anything else. Then add in some of the oldest trees in the Midwest, the legendary … Continue reading A Walk Among Giants – Estivant Pines – Copper Harbor – Michigan

My book Points North reviewed by Midwest Book Review

I received a note that pointed me to a review of my book Points North. It was from the Midwest Book Review and written by Carolyn Wilhelm. I really thought it was nice so I wanted to share it here. Oh, this book helped me reminisce about the days when I could do primitive camping, … Continue reading My book Points North reviewed by Midwest Book Review

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