Something Glittering After a Rain

There was something glittering on the ground after a big rain.  It wasn’t gold, but it was certainly interesting.  So interesting in fact, that men would take seven years of time in a quest to find the source…

Digging An Ore Mine To Drum Up Business

Many a business has thought of unique ideas to drum up new customers.  So what did one group of hotel owners decides to do to increase occupancy?  Begin an iron mine…

The First Snow Skiing Club

It would be hard to identify the very person that ever began snow skiing.  The concept has been around for a long time.  But one club lays claim to a very important part of the story…

Flying…With a Little Bravery Mixed In

For centuries humans have desired to zoom into the air like birds.  But how do you get that feeling when you don’t have wings?  Some young people in northern Michigan have found one answer, but you may need a little bravery to try it…

Kids Flying Above the Ground

Many people say that kids need to be more active.  And, if you want a kid to excel in sports you need to start them young.  That’s why this story caught our eye, because you may be surprised the age of kids who are flying above the ground in pursuit of this winter and even summertime sport…

A Different Purpose for the Doghouse

Kids can sometimes come up with fantastic and perhaps, unwise stunts to pass their time around home.  Such was the case for Gary and his dad.  Maybe it wasn’t that unwise, but using the doghouse for this purpose was certainly something I would have never thought of…

A Perfect Place for Snow Sports

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…

Moving a Fort to a Better Location

Forts are often built to defend a military position.   But when your fort is not in the best location for that purpose, what do you do?  In this case, they simply picked up the fort and moved it to a place you have probably heard of…

An Innocent Game of Lacrosse

It seemed like an innocent game of lacrosse.  A group of men invited locals to come watch what was billed as an important game between two top teams.  What resulted was an amazing use of trickery to flip the odds in a military conquest…

A Strategic Fort Location

Today it is a well-known summer vacation spot.  Turn back the clock about three centuries and people would have known it as one of the most strategic water routes in the nation.  That fact made this a very important place for countries to stake their claim…

Where Santa Gets His Decorations

If Santa Claus needed a place to buy  all of his decorations, this would be it.  It’s big business in small town Michigan and it brings Christmas cheer everyday of the year…

A Shipwreck That Still Influences Today

Each November 10th, the bell here in Whitefish Point will chime 29 times for the crew that died aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald.  Forty years later, that shipwreck still affects the way vessels travel here…

The Mystery of the Edmund Fitzgerald

It’s a mystery that is now 40 years old…a mystery that lives on through a song that tells the story of a grand ship and a storm that sent her to the bottom of Lake Superior.  We remember her and the crew…

A Dangerous Place for Ships

If you come here to the shores of Lake Superior in the summer, you are likely to find lovely waters and a picturesque setting.  Come in November, and the same place can be dangerous to ships and people…

The Soo

Locals often simply call it “The Soo.”  Ships know the place for the locks that help move them from one great lake to another.  The ships and cargo passing here find their ways to all corners of the world…

Watching the Ships Pass By

The ships here are moving so slowly, it’s sometime difficult to tell if they are in fact moving at all.  Yet hundreds of people will line up to see the important procession of vessels passing here…

Overcoming Big Obstacles

Before highways crisscrossed this nation, rivers often provided the best road to move cargo and passengers.  But some of those rivers had mighty obstacles to be overcome…

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

AMC_Brazil2016Perhaps it’s fitting that you have to go a bit out of the way to find the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.  This well known site is certainly worth the drive, but in the early days, it was one of the more remote locations on the shores of Lake Superior…

A Fear on Lake Superior

AMC_Brazil2016Some sailors and airman have long feared the Bermuda Triangle for the mysterious fate of some who have passed there.  Whitefish Point is a bit different though.  Everyone knows its tremendous toll on ships, but for years, it didn’t seem to deter captains from plowing on through regardless the condition…

Whitefish Point

AMC_Brazil2016On a road map, it’s simply listed as “Whitefish Point.”  That place name has little significance to most, but for those living in northern Michigan, it’s a place very  well known on land and sea…