The City of Marquette, Michigan

Marquette LighthouseHistorian Fred C. Rydholm wrote a brief history of Marquette, Michigan that begins:

It was the Noque band of Chippewa Indians that lived along the shore of Marquette County for hundreds of years. The Jesuit Father Marquette, namesake of the city, passed along these shores for times between 1668 and 1671. He reported the Noquets to be less than 150 souls. Indian legend says that Marquette’s favorite camping spot was at Lighthouse Point near Marquette’s Lower Harbor.

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City of Marquette

UP Health System – Marquette Regional medical center; a modern, well run facility opened in 2019, with over 200 doctors.

Northern Michigan University in Marquette is a four-year, public, coeducational university which offers over 170 degree programs to about 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Marquette Weather

Marquette Panorama

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The moose is loose

This young bull moose, a yearling, visited my camp recently… and I had my camera handy! I followed him in my car, snapping photos through the passenger side window.

Moose on the Loose

After a few hundred yards he stopped, peeked at me around a tree, and then came straight for the car! There was nothing aggressive about it, through. This is the time of the year when last year’s calf gets kicked out of the family because the new one has arrived. I suppose this little bull was used to having a big moose around, and it was surely a little lonesome in the woods. He looked for all the world like someone looking for a friend to pal up with, and was checking me out. I guess I’m flattered.

Moose in the Woods

Finally he stood in this “King of the Woods” pose. That’s what he’ll be before long. I hope to see him then.

Moose in the Woods II

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The Lore of the Lakes

Lighthouse Point, Marquette, Michigan

Granite Island Scott Holman’s Lake Superior Light House rehab (great site)

Lighthouses of the Upper Peninsula can be found through Exploring the North’s list of Upper Peninsula Lighthouses open to the public and Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is dedicated to the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes. It is fittingly located at Whitefish Point, Michigan, site of the oldest active lighthouse on Lake Superior near Paradise, Newberry and the Tahquamenon Falls. The collection includes artifacts like the bell from the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald and a fully restored 1861 Lightkeepers Quarters.

Photo: Marquette, Mich., Lighthouse Point, courtesy Library of Congress (LC-D4-4759)

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Flowing spring

Wandering the U.P. is always a voyage of discovery. This weekend I canoed, fished, and assisted in water sampling on and around a private lake that we have listed for sale southeast of Marquette. An extremely cold flowing spring was running hard out of the bedrock 40 feet up a rock bluff. There are reports of wells in this area that are running dry because of the unusually warm, dry weather, but this spring and the lake it flows to was unaffected. Apparently it is a strong upwelling from some deep aquifer. The water tumbles down the bank and joins many smaller seeps, which form a stream. A quarter mile further on that feeds the lake.

Flowing Spring

Silver Spring

Look at the interesting lichen on this rock, and the crystal clear water behind it.


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Babies are here

Fawns have arrived. This little guy was hiding out in the open not ten feet from a cabin where we were meeting a number of contractors. (Interesting — did the doe put him near a cabin as protection from predators? I’ve found fawns near my own cabin several times.) This one stayed put, as Mama […]

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Fall Color Touring in the Marquette Area

The Start of Autumn by Marjorie Obrien

The photo blog Michigan in Pictures is featuring a fall color tour of from Marquette to Big Bay to Negaunee to Au Train. Whether you do all or part of it, you won’t be disappointed – the Marquette area and the entire UP are simply gorgeous at this time of year. Some other tours they have are Pictured Rocks/Munising/Grand Marais, the Western U.P. and Houghton/Eagle River/Copper Harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The photo is from October 4, 2007 and was taken by Marjorie O’Brien, the very talented young woman who has taken many of the photos used in our About the UP section. Michigan in Pictures has an interview with Marjorie that you might enjoy.

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Bikes roll in Marquette

Bikes roll in Marquette

Bikes were rolling this weekend at the 2007 Superior Bike Fest in Marquette. $8,000 in cash was awarded to the winners, but the real prize was participation and competition. Here’s a shot of an early leader taken from the corner of Washington and Third St. in downtown Marquette.

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Canoe a foggy lake


Last night I was out in the canoe, and the lake was beautiful. Even the trout cooperated (for a while). We’re “catch and release” anyway, and a beautiful brown jumped several times and threw the hook on the third jump. That’s called a “long distance release.”

There’s magic and mystery when fog blankets the lake. It can be a very introspective experience or at the extreme you can get lost. On a really big lake, or Superior, you need a compass. That’s true whenever you leave the roads and wander about in the U.P. And wandering is important: Just like anywhere else you have to leave the big roads to find what makes an area unique and wonderful.

When I first visit the city I hear lots of noise, feel lost, and the city is a strange and of threatening place where I’m “on alert”. But then instead of noise I start to identify the sounds of a bus, and garbage collection, street vendors and neighbors. As I learn where to go, what to do and how to get there it becomes a place I know and appreciate. The wilds of the U.P. are just like that: Familiar and friendly to us; mysterious and strange until you learn where to go and what to see. You have to learn the territory. And we can help with that.

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