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

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

The Rise and Fall of Lac La Belle, the Hidden Gem of Copper Country

Lac La Belle/ Bete Grise – Keweenaw County - Michigan A Point North By Mikel B. Classen The Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan is a rough and rugged place. It is full of ghost towns, abandoned mines, lighthouses, waterfalls, and remarkable beauty. The discovery of copper there, turned it into a thriving region that made millionaires … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Lac La Belle, the Hidden Gem of Copper Country

How Christmas, Michigan Got Its Name

Christmas belongs to the Upper Peninsula. It's all ours. Not the holiday.. the town... Christmas, Michigan. It's been ours for eighty years and it always will be. Christmas (the town) is where Christmas (the holiday) is on display all year 'round and all the trappings of the season are never all taken down, because, in Christmas (the town), Christmas (the holiday), brings visitors there all year to investigate the place that is named for the most celebrated holiday in the world.

Footsteps of Dinosaurs – Prehistoric Trackways National Monument – Las Cruces – New Mexico

Just north of Las Cruces off of highway 185, is a place where dinosaurs walked. Well, actually most of New Mexico is where dinosaurs walked, but Prehistoric Trackways National Monument is one of the few places that the evidence of their existence can be plainly seen. Best of all, it costs nothing more than effort … Continue reading Footsteps of Dinosaurs – Prehistoric Trackways National Monument – Las Cruces – New Mexico

Chloride – Ghost Town – Sierra County – New Mexico

Those of you that know me, know I love a good ghost town. This is one of the best I've seen. In 1880, Silver was discovered in the north of the Black Range Mountains. The ore was discovered by a Brit by the name of Henry Pye. A few months after he filed his claim, … Continue reading Chloride – Ghost Town – Sierra County – New Mexico

Fort Bayard Historical Site- Bayard – Grant County – New Mexico

When I drove into Fort Bayard, I didn't know what to expect. There are so many sites where old west forts used to be that nothing actually remains of them other than a couple of interpetive signs. Fort Bayard is different. A large portion of this historical site stands for all to see. Located east … Continue reading Fort Bayard Historical Site- Bayard – Grant County – New Mexico