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

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

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.

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