Welcome to the Website of Mikel B. Classen

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: 3/26/2021 –  A Spring is finally here and the snow is leaving quickly. Couldn’t happen any sooner for me. Anyway, I’ve been spending lots of time uploading new things to this site. There is a new article under “Feature articles” that takes the reader back to the first days of Marquette, the Upper Peninsula’s largest city.  It is told through the voice of one of Marquette’s original founders, “Peter White.” It is filled with the dangers of survival on the Lake Superior frontier, that is riviting told by one that was a part of it. I doesn’t get any better. Also there are new blogs with historical pictures and some with adventures of today.  If you like the photography, there are galleries I’ve been working on and more are coming! Stay tuned and keep checking in.

Latest Posts

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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