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 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

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

Historical Photos – Whalebacks – Extinct Ships of the Great Lakes

Images are from my personal historical photos collection Whaleback ships were a unique design that was adopted to ship ore across the Great Lakes and particularly Lake Superior.  Their shape was designed to lessen the impact of turbulent surf. When fully loaded they looked more like a submarine than a surface ship. They were used … Continue reading Historical Photos – Whalebacks – Extinct Ships of the Great Lakes

Historical Photographs – A trip through Pictured Rocks – 1892

A boat trip into Pictured Rocks in 1892 It seems that Pictured Rocks has always been an attraction throughout recorded history. The magnificent rock formations drew comment and admiration from the earliest explorers. People ventured into them braving Lake Superior for a just a look. Recently I found a few old stereoview pictures that were … Continue reading Historical Photographs – A trip through Pictured Rocks – 1892

Lake Superior Tales – 2020 Upper Peninsula Notable Book – Now on audiobook!

Lake Superior Tales Audiobook At last it's here, the audiobook version of Lake Superior Tales. Read brilliantly by Rory Young, he captures the essence of these adventure stories. Hearing these tales adds another dimension to the short stories I created surrounding the unique history of Upper Michigan and the Great Lakes. Here there are stories … Continue reading Lake Superior Tales – 2020 Upper Peninsula Notable Book – Now on audiobook!

Lake Superior Transit Company – Luxury Cruises Lost To Time

The Lake Superior Transit Company - Luxury Cruising the Great Lakes These are a couple of old pictures I received for my historical pictures collection. Unfortunately, I have been able to find out very little about this company or these ships. In 1878, they were already in heavy operation across all of the Great Lakes … Continue reading Lake Superior Transit Company – Luxury Cruises Lost To Time