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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: 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

Murder at Grand Island’s North Point Lighthouse

Murder at Grand Island’s North Point Light Something washed ashore at Au Sable Point near Grand Marais. It was June 12, 1908. A man named Van Dusen spotted a small sailboat along the shore near the light station at Au Sable. The mast was broken and it appeared to have been through some rough weather. He … Continue reading Murder at Grand Island’s North Point Lighthouse

Coming Soon! True Tales – The Forgotten History of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

I have just finished the rough version of my new book. It is off to the publisher awaiting publication. Whew! It always feels like a long haul when you finish a book. Though I feel all of my books are worth a read, this one is special. If you are a fan of this website, … Continue reading Coming Soon! True Tales – The Forgotten History of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

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

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