Monthly Archives: November 2013

Back to School

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It was along the Sturgeon River at a point known as “Kings Landing” that the first settler to call Pelkie home first arrived. Later the area attracted a great deal of Finnish immigrants, who established farmsteads along the fertile banks of the river. Then the town was known as Kyro, …

Scrapbook Fridays: Reliable Information Edition

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Some time ago a small book came into my possession, a very interesting item that was over a century old. Published in 1899 by the Standard Publishing Company of Houghton, the “Reliable Information: Copper County of Michigan” served as an guidebook to the Copper Country as it existed at the …

Fading History

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Absent from the Copper Country for nearly a year we had just recently returned to do some work on our old house and prepare it for sale. As we expected very little seemed to have changed in the Keweenaw, and our old stomping grounds looked exactly what we had remembered. …

A Few More Items of Interest

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Before moving on from our exploration of the old Redridge dams, I’ve decided to take a final look at a few more details of the old steel dam that we’ve failed to note in our previous installments. We start up at an old plaque found at a roadside parking area …

This Old House

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It wasn’t much of a house really, a rather plain looking gambrel roofed home with a squat attached garage. It looked exactly like all the other houses on the block, as well as the next block and the block after that. A century ago C&H had built this entire neighborhood …

In the Shadow of Greatness

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The lands south of the Portage were nothing but empty wilderness when the Atlantic Mine first appeared on the scene in 1872. Before the Atlantic took residence only a handful of inconsequential mines had made feeble attempts at success among the rugged hills, all of them failures. Unlike its predecessors, …

Scrapbook Friday: Suburban Views Edition

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Scrapbook Fridays return with another look at a collection of Copper Country postcards thanks to reader Paul Petosky. This time we take a look at a series of images capturing suburbia, or at least the early 20th century equivalent. A few houses, a few hospitals disguised as houses, and a …