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 – 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 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!

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

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.