Keweenaw-Land (part 2)

Last week I brought you one side of a two-sided brochure done in the mid ’60’s to bring tourists to the Keweenaw. Today I bring you the second side, mostly consisting of a map of the county. A few interesting things to note however. It had been said many times that while the rest of the world moves on, the Copper Country seems trapped in a bygone era. While in a lot of ways this is true, the passage of time still takes its toll on the places along the Keweenaw – just at a much slower rate. A few photos that appear on this brochure (on both sides) show a Keweenaw much different then the one I know now. The photo of the “fisherman’s landmark” that appears on this side looks much different then the Gay stack of today. As well, the photo of the “mouth of the Tobacco River” shows a much older and rickety looking bridge then the modern concrete version that now sits here. Then there’s the coin-operated binoculars that are shown up on the Copper Harbor overlook. Long since removed, only the concrete pedestals remain today.

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lookout on Brockway’s nose – complete with coin-operated binnoculars

the old bridge over the Tobacco River

the map still shows operating rail lines around Calumet and Mohawk
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  1. A friend of Mine’s father used to work for the park service on Isle Royale. Until he was old enough, he would always have to spend the summers on “the island” with his parents. You can imagine how boring it could probably get if you were a young teenager and being “stuck” on the remote island that didn’t even allow motorized vehicles. Anyway, I used go out to Isle Royale for a week or two during a couple summers to help break up the monotony. It would great to go out there and camp now. I think I read someplace that Isle Royale is the least visited national park. Not suprising since most people have never heard of it.

  2. Jay – I’ve never been to Isle Royale, but hope some day to go. I know they offer artist in residency programs every year and someday I’m going to give it a try and see if I can get in. The old mine sits on the island would make for some great explorations to post here (not to mention the scenic views). When you’re a kid its sure to be boring, but when you get older you realize the benefit of some isolation once and awhile.

  3. The map in that brochure (if i recall correctly) was drawn in 1957, so it makes sense that the rail lines would still be drawn on the map. I have a large paper copy of that same map and it says the date in the bottom right corner. It’s interesting how the roads in Mohawk and the neighboring town of Fulton are drawn completely innacurate (or, in most cases, just not drawn at all), and yet the rail lines are drawn exactly as they existed.

  4. Ian… As far as those inaccurate roads I suppose railway’s don’t change too much while roads are rerouted and realigned all the time. But generally I’ve found these county maps aren’t the most accurate, since I think they just re-issue the same map year after year.

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