Old Reliable

Old Reliable

On This Date: Photo taken 7/14/2016

People think of #2 Shafthouse as Quincy Mine, but it’s only the most prominent in a large collection of buildings, many of which are damaged or missing. The shafthouse is now part of a museum complex on the site of the former mine, run by the Quincy Mine Hoist Association. It’s a key component of the Keweenaw National Historical Park, which celebrates Michigan’s copper mining heritage.

A year ago–a dull grey day, as you can see–we decided to leave our Fort Wilkins campsite and visit the mine. It was an interesting visit, and we got some good photographs. Definitely worth the trip.


Two photographs today. Just because.

Quincy was one of the world’s great copper mines, producing ore from 1844 through 1945 (or 1931, or about 1970–sources vary, probably for good reasons, though the last date’s likely a stretch).

When I was younger the shafthouse was a rusty thing, but the Association restored it around 1990. I toured the place shortly after the restoration with a railfan group, part of a very interesting fall weekend looking at mining museums and remnants of the Copper Range Railroad. Our visit a year ago was far less ambitious.

Number of pix taken on various July 14ths: 647
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 59
  • 3 Stars: 448
  • 4 Stars: 125
  • 5 Stars: 13

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Stockade

Stockade

On This Date: Photo taken 7/11/2016

Fort Wilkins was built in the 1840s to keep the peace between the copper miners and the natives, who’d recently signed away their rights to what we call the Upper Peninsula at the (first) Treaty of LaPointe. The peacekeeping turned out to be minimal and the fort was largely abandoned after a couple years.

The Army briefly reopened the post after the Civil War, evidently just because they needed a place for soldiers to finish out their terms. The Army’s like that.

Wilkins is a godforsaken place, at the extreme end of the Keweenaw Peninsula, out in the middle of Lake Superior.

Wilkins is a beautiful place, at the extreme end of the Keweenaw Peninsula, out in the middle of Lake Superior.

It’s all a matter of perspective.


Another way to describe the location: Fort Wilkins is at the extreme northern end of US-41.

I first visited the fort in 1965, and find my way up there about once a decade. It’s a wonderful place to stay for a few days. I’m reasonably sure I don’t want to live in the adjacent town, Copper Harbor, though.

And a new “camera” note: On this date in 2015 I took my first iPhone 6+ photo. As usual, it was of Taffy, catching rays in the picture window.

Number of pix taken on various July 11ths: 1323
Year of oldest photo: 1999 [my last visit to Tiger Stadium]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 111
  • 3 Stars: 1039
  • 4 Stars: 158
  • 5 Stars: 11

Almost an Island

Almost an Island

On This Date: Photo taken 7/10/2011

Marquette, on Lake Superior.

The park’s name is Presque Isle; the dock goes by LS&I (short for Lake Superior and Ishpeming) and by Upper Harbor and by (again) Presque Isle, depending who you ask. Presque Isle means “almost an island,” which describes the park.

Iron ore’s been shipped through Marquette since the locks at Sault Ste Marie opened in 1855, and for decades mining-related industries were the lifeblood of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. That’s nearing its end. This dock, built in 1911, is the last ore shipping facility active in Michigan, and Tilden Mine’s the last active pit.


I can chatter on about the Lake Superior iron mines for hours–I wrote my senior paper in college about them. I’ll spare you that. At least for today.

Number of pix taken on various July 10ths: 1053
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 62
  • 3 Stars: 834
  • 4 Stars: 144
  • 5 Stars: 9

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Sails

Sails

On This Date: Photo taken 6/28/2015

There comes a time, late in the afternoon, when all the sailors return to harbor. Muskegon, two years ago today.

Do notice the South Pier Light marking the harbor’s entrance. Thanks.


Posting two pix again today, because I’ve two photos I want to share.

Number of pix taken on various June 28ths: 720 [includes 3 by my father]
Year of oldest photo: 2003 [Dad’s are dated 1978]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 47
  • 3 Stars: 538
  • 4 Stars: 112
  • 5 Stars: 22

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St Clair

St Clair

On This Date: Photo taken 6/24/2005

Since we were already up north for the car show (see yesterday’s On This Date), we headed to Sault Ste Marie for Engineer’s Day. And watched the big boats from up close.

St Clair‘s a 770 foot vessel, launched in 1975 to ferry coal to the Belle River power plant. She now carries other bulk cargoes, like most lakers.


We’ll be heading north for Engineer’s Day again this Friday, but we’re staying at a Soo hotel this time. See some of you there!

Number of pix taken on various June 24ths: 489
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 23
  • 3 Stars: 316
  • 4 Stars: 126
  • 5 Stars: 22

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Horsepower

Horsepower

On This Date: Photo taken 6/16/2013

On Mackinac Island you travel by foot, bicycle, or horse.


We’ve never taken one of the carriage tours. Maybe this year….

Number of pix taken on various June 16ths: 2576
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 34
  • 2 Stars: 243
  • 3 Stars: 1654
  • 4 Stars: 533
  • 5 Stars: 112

The Big Red Lighthouse

The Big Red Lighthouse

On This Date: Photo taken 6/12/2011

Holland, Michigan. Properly it’s the Holland Harbor Light, but everyone calls it Big Red.


There will be more lighthouses before we finish this walk through my photo files. I promise.

Number of pix taken on various June 12ths: 548
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 9
  • 2 Stars: 64
  • 3 Stars: 345
  • 4 Stars: 110
  • 5 Stars: 20

Besides my own pix, I’ve 25 photographs my brother took at a Habitat for Humanities project on 6/12/2010. Frankly they’re pretty boring; Richard was just documenting the project.

The Lower Falls

The Lower Falls

On This Date: Photo taken 6/10/2016

Tahquamenon Falls State Park. You park the car, follow the walk past the concession buildings, and this is the view. I love it.

I’ve always loved it.


I’ve been vacationing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since the early ’60s. This is the place I’m most likely to visit.

Paradise.

Number of pix taken on various June 10ths: 1182
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 7
  • 2 Stars: 104
  • 3 Stars: 897
  • 4 Stars: 156
  • 5 Stars: 18

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Empire Bluff

Empire Bluff

On This Date: Photo taken 2/28/2008.

This is why we go north for my birthday.


On this date in 2008 we journeyed along M-22 and I got wonderful photographs at Glen Haven, at Empire, and at Betsie. The grand light and the superb sky certainly helped.

Number of pix taken on various February 28ths: 380
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 15
  • 3 Stars: 261
  • 4 Stars: 76
  • 5 Stars: 25