Big waves on Lake Superior

Waves on Lake Superior

From Presque Isle in Marquette on Lake Superior.

Photo by Tim Case

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Ishpeming_Michigan_statueIshpeming is known for its rich history, beautiful surroundings, and the birth of organized skiing in the United States – it is now home to the National Ski Hall of Fame. Ishpeming serves to this day as the Upper Peninsula operations headquarters for Cleveland-Cliffs Iron, which was one of the country’s biggest iron-mining companies for decades. The Cliffs Shaft Mine site, a Michigan state historical site, is the location of one of the most productive of the area’s underground iron ore mines. Although the mines were closed in 1969, the shaft buildings dominate Ishpeming’s skyline.

In the winter the area is known for its 1200 foot iced toboggan slide, nearby luge run, and Suicide Hill Ski Jump. Ishpeming’s local area offers recreation for all seasons, one of which is Jasper Knob, the worlds largest gemstone which is composed completely of jaspilite. Jaspilite is rock made of bands of bright red jasper, alternating with bands of specular hematite.

Wikipedia – Ishpeming

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The Chicago & North Western railway station in Escanaba, Michigan on a cold winter morning in 1953.

The Chicago & North Western railway station in Escanaba, Michigan on a cold winter morning in 1953.

Escanaba has rich resources and natural beauty that make it a regional hub for Michigan’s south central Upper Peninsula. The area is renowned for its beaches and water activities and its proximity to lighthouses, waterfalls, the Fayette Historic Townsite and Kitchitikipi – the Big Springs in the Palms Book State Park.

Escanaba links:
City of Escanaba

Wikipedia – Escanaba

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Republic_mineRepublic is a charming town in the Southwestern corner of Marquette county and is known as a year-round playground. Forests are crisscrossed with trails running alongside with rivers and lakes, much of which is the Escanaba River State Forest. Republic is made up of two small town centers separated by the huge, open-pit iron mine that now serves as a year-round visitor attraction with interpretive panels.

Republic link:

Republic, Michigan

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Baraga PanoramaBaraga is named after Father Frederic Baraga who in 1843 established a mission two miles north of town. The area was later settled by Euro-Americans. A ship captain James Bendry became stranded near what is now Baraga. He spent the winter in the area with his family and subsequently bought land, built a sawmill and brickyard, and founded the settlement that went on to become Baraga.

Baraga Links


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Visiting Marquette and the Upper Peninsula

Mount-Marquette-VistaWhile Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is off the beaten path, it’s not too hard to reach through the driving or flying. Check the links below options:

Map & Driving Directions to Marquette, MI from Google Maps

Sawyer International Airport (Marquette, Central U.P.)

Chippewa County International Airport (Sault Ste. Marie, Eastern U.P.)

Ford Airport (Iron Mountain/Kingsford, Western U.P.)

Travel Marquette


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Trillium in Alger County at Silver Lake

May is a favorite time of the year for me in the U.P. and if you missed it this year you should put it on your calendar for next year! I’ve been a little slow in editing my flower photos so these postings are not as timely as I’d like, but still I think definitely worth passing on. As you can see, trillium covered the forest floor this year as far as I could see.


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L’Anse History

Braga Courthouse in L AnseThe L’Anse area was first occupied by the Sugar Island Band of Ojibwa Indians who utilized the rich fishing grounds in the area. 1660 was marked by the entrance of Father Rene Menard, a French Jesuit Priest. Menard was the first white person on record to arrive in the area.

L’Anse was founded in 1871 when a preliminary route was platted from the eastern end of Lake Michigamme to the head of the Keweenaw Bay. The village was founded with the intention that it would become a port and house numerous stamping mills for the nearby iron ore mines. It was in August of 1871 that village stores were built. The first railroad engine did not reach L’Anse until December 17, 1872.  The village was in the midst of a boom when it quickly came to an end with the panic of 1873.

Again twenty-three years later L’Anse was faced with another setback. On May 9, 1896 a fire, started at the L’Anse Lumber Company, ravaged the village. The village was gradually rebuilt. Henry Ford bought the sawmill in 1922. The mill went on to ship as much as 180,000 board feet of lumber a day.

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Downtown L AnseThe village of L’Anse is the local hub of activity, and is home to the county government seat and the business center for the area. The village is surrounded by beautiful Lake Superior shoreline, pristine wilderness, waterfalls, lakes and streams. The highest point in Michigan, Mt. Arvon at 1,979 feet, is close by.

L’Anse Township

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