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

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

Garnet Lake – Garnet Ghost Town – A Paddle to the Past

Garnet Lake Campground – Finding a Lost Past in Mackinac County A Point North I came here on a whim. I didn’t know what to expect. The sign, “Garnet Lake State Forest Campground” had an arrow pointing down a sideroad. Those are the kinds of things that arouse my curiosity when I am cruising the … Continue reading Garnet Lake – Garnet Ghost Town – A Paddle to the Past

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

Historical Photographs – Au Train Lake 1889 – Alger County Michigan – Upper Peninsula

Weekly historical photographs - Au Train Lake - U.P. camping in 1889 I recently purchased a small lot of old U.P. photos from the Marquette area. In it were these cabinet cards.  Unlike most old photos I find, these were labeled and dated. The caption on the back reads: "The Palmer Camp, Au Train Lake, … Continue reading Historical Photographs – Au Train Lake 1889 – Alger County Michigan – Upper Peninsula

Journey on the Tahquamenon River

Journey on the Tahquamenon River - An adventure in Paradise we can all share A Point North Paradise, Michigan is mostly known for being the home of Tahquamenon Falls and the gateway to Whitefish Point and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.  Most visitors check these two major attractions out and then head off to other … Continue reading Journey on the Tahquamenon River