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

Historical Photos – Camping out in the U.P. 1880s style

Camping the hard way - 1880's Historical Photos from Mikel B. Classen Collection Going camping back in the late 1800s was a lot different than it is today. There was no Coleman Company, no L.L. Bean, no ergonomic backpacks. And hiking shoes, not a chance. The equipment was heavy and bulky while the wilderness was … Continue reading Historical Photos – Camping out in the U.P. 1880s style

Fire on the Trail

Stopping a forest fire before it happens. I want to write about something I saw yesterday while driving through the woods near Trout Lake, here in the U.P. I was driving a backroad, surprise, surprise, looking for an old ghost town called Wilwin (more on that here). As I was driving the old two-track road, … Continue reading Fire on the Trail

Historical Photos – U.P. Fishing

Historical Fishing Pictures from the Upper Peninsula's Past Pictures from the Mikel Classen Historical Pictures Collection Fishing has always been a part of basic human survival. Plain and simple, fish are great to eat. Around the world people use fish as a major source of their diet, but, the squirmy things are an awful lot … Continue reading Historical Photos – U.P. Fishing

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