A Wealth of History and Natural Beauty

It’s a relatively new site in the National Park Service and for most of us, you’ll have to drive a ways through the woods to reach it.  However, a venture to Michigan’s Upper Pennisula will reveal a wealth of history and natural beauty…

Some of the Longest and Deepest Holes Dug In the Earth

A trip here will reveal some of the longest and deepest holes dug into the earth.  In fact, some of the tunnels are so long, it took the world’s largest winch to move men and supplies up and down the line…

Tilling Beneath the Soil

Carl can trace his lineage back several generations to family members who came here from Findland.  They were farmers, but their destination in this country was not to begin tilling the soil, but rather tilling far underneath it…

The Ontonagan Boulder

It’s called the Ontonagan Boulder – a rock of pure copper that reports said was larger than a canoe.  Native Americans knew of it’s existence and Europeans had to find it. Until then, the newspaper reports of that rock had it growing in size with each report

As Easy As Eating Pie

There’s an old cliché that says if something is not hard to do, “It’s as easy as pie.”  I guess that means as easy as eating pie and not baking one.  But when it comes to mining for metals, what folks found here had to be as easy as pie, for it was just laying on top of the ground…

Buying A Glider for More Than One Reason

There are under ten original World War II gliders to be found in the nation.  People bought hundreds of surplus gliders after the war, but the plane is not what they desired…

From Automaker to Glider Manufacturer

When World War II began, automakers suddenly switched from making cars to the equipment needed to win a war.   The changeover here made this factory the biggest glider maker in the world…

Henry Ford in the Upper Peninsula

We know Henry Ford as an early Detroit auto maker.  So what was he doing buying a huge tract of land in the state’s Upper Peninsula?

Building A Museum Around an Exhibit

In Iron Mountain, Michigan you’ll find a museum with a very large exhibit – so large in fact, that the museum had to be built around it…

The Largest Steam Powered Engine

It is quite possibly the largest steam powered engine on the continent and its job was the only think that allowed work to continue here.It is quite possibly the largest steam powered engine on the continent and its job was the only think that allowed work to continue here…

Big Snows In Michigan

Some people measure snow in inches.  Here it is measured in feet.  Many years it’s measured in many dozens of feet that does not go away for a very long time…

Restoring An Abandoned Property

There is a lot of work that goes into restoring a home.  Now imagine you have an abandoned 13,000 square foot property that needs to be ready for visitors in one month

Building An Enormous Home

Some people need large homes to accommodate growing families.  For this builder, part of the motivation may have been to say, “I told you so” to his neighbors…

Best of 2017: Ishmpeming Skiing

Depending on where you live in the nation, certain sports may be more popular than others.  When you live in the upper peninsula of Michigan, there’s a good chance the sports you love have much to do with snow…

The Edmund Fitzgerald

If not for a song, this tragedy could have been forgotten by many.  However, when you hear the lyrics you’ll immediately know the tale of a ship and her crew…

Shelter In A Storm

A harbor is not only a place to load and unload cargo, but it can provide shelter in the face of a storm.  But that’s the problem, there just aren’t any safe harbors here and that makes this a particularly treacherous place to sail…

A Museum Devoted to Wrecks

If you don’t slow down, you might have a wreck.  Here, if you don’t slow down, heed the weather, the fog, the gale force winds and much more…well, you’ll be lucky if you don’t eventually have a wreck.  Many have and that’s why there’s a museum devoted to the subject…

Exploring the Ships Around the Soo Locks

If you venture to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, you may go to see the Soo Locks.  Some folks also want the experience of climbing on board one of the big ships that pass thru that waterway and for that, they may come here…

Valley Camp

It’s called the Valley Camp, and no it’s not a campground and no it’s not in a valley.  But that’s the name and it’s one of the biggest draws here…

The Oldest City in Michigan

What is the oldest city in Michigan?  We’ll give you a moment to ponder the answer and the founder and then return…