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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 Lifetime Achievement Award for Upper Peninsula History

News From Mikel: 9/01/2021 – I’ve been spending the last few weeks touring around the Upper Peninsula spending a lot of time in the area surrounding Ontonagon. The wilderness defining the region of the Ontonagon River basin is full of hidden ghost towns, mines, and waterfalls. Not to mention the occassional lighthouse. It has been quite a full summer and I’ve been able to gather material that I’ve sought for a while which will allow me to finish my next book, True Tales of the U.P.  In the meantime there will be more blogs and and photos from my travels.  Of course I’m not finished on the road yet. There is still plenty more travel time and some of the most spectacular scenery is yet to come. See you on the road.

Latest Posts

Mikel Classen appearance on UP Notable Book Club

MIKEL B. CLASSEN has been writing and photographing northern Michigan in newspapers and magazines for over thirty-five years, creating feature articles about the life and culture of Michigan’s north country. A journalist, historian, photographer and author with a fascination of the world around him, he enjoys researching and writing about lost stories from the past. … Continue reading Mikel Classen appearance on UP Notable Book Club

Historical Photos – Early Great Lakes Ships

Historical Ships of the upper Great Lakes Pictures courtesy of the Mikel Classen Collection of Historical Pictures Many old historical ship pictures were taken at the Soo Locks. The close-up vantage point for the bulky photo equipment made it a choice spot for ship photography in the early years. Over the years there have been … Continue reading Historical Photos – Early Great Lakes Ships

Whitefish Point, More Than A Lighthouse

Whitefish Point Fishing Village Writing and photography by Mikel B. Classen Whitefish Point in Chippewa County, Michigan, is known for a lot of things, not the least of which is the shipwrecks like the Edmund Fitzgerald that made the point famous. The lighthouse, which was one of the first on Lake Superior, houses the Great … Continue reading Whitefish Point, More Than A Lighthouse

Historical Photos – Homesteads of U.P. Settlers

Pictures of homesteads past – early – mid 1800s Historical pictures from the Mikel Classen Historical Pictures Collection   Pictures of early settlers trying to tame the wild country of Upper Michigan is always interesting to me. I don’t have many of these early settler pictures but I thought I could put up a few … Continue reading Historical Photos – Homesteads of U.P. Settlers


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