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 Pictures – Mackinac National Park 1875-1895

When Mackinac Island was a National Park by Mikel B. Classen. Photos from the Mikel Classen Historical Pictures Collection Every year Mackinac Island is inundated with tourists. The island in St. Ignace Bay has always been a focus of attention. After being the hub of the fur trade, the island saw a decline as fortunes … Continue reading Historical Pictures – Mackinac National Park 1875-1895

Little Lake Lost or What Happens When the Dam Breaks

Discovering a ghost lake in Mackinac County, Michigan. Writing and photos by Mikel B. Classen I hit the road today, with no particular destination. That means I’m really susceptable to signs pointing to nearly anywhere. It happened in Mackinac County. The sign said “Brook Trout Pond Landing.” I really do stick my nose into just … Continue reading Little Lake Lost or What Happens When the Dam Breaks

Historical Pictures – The First Soo Locks – The State Lock

The Soo Locks – The Early Years – 1855 – 1888 Pictures are from the Mikel Classen Historical Pictures Collection except portaging picture from sign. The Soo Locks began in 1855. They were dug so that ships would no longer have to either shoot the St. Mary’s River Rapids, of have the ship portaged through … Continue reading Historical Pictures – The First Soo Locks – The State Lock

Rails and Rivers – Tahquamenon Falls Train and Riverboat Tours

Tahquamenon Falls Train and Riverboat Tours – Alias “Toonerville Trolley and Tom Sawyer Riverboat Ride Photos by Mikel B. Classen. Historical pictures courtesy of the Mikel Classen Historical Pictures Collection. As long as I can remember, the Toonerville Trolley and the Tahquamenon Falls Riverboat Tours has been at Soo Junction 15 miles east of Newberry. … Continue reading Rails and Rivers – Tahquamenon Falls Train and Riverboat Tours

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