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…

Going to Hell

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014We go to great lengths to gather the stories you here on this program…and this time we literally went to hell and back to get the feature you’ll hear…

The Inventor of the First Automobile

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Who invented the first automobile?  You might be surprised that it wasn’t Henry Ford…but this man from Kokomo, Indiana…

A Store For the Holidays

If Santa Claus needed a place to buy all of his decorations, this would be it. This big business in small town Michigan brings cheer every day of the year…..

Protecting a President

After delivering a speech at the Washington Hilton Hotel, President Ronald Regan was hit by a bullet fired by John Hinkley Jr.  Today we know the president’s wound was much more serious that originally thought and the car meant to protect him actually deflected the bullet into Regan’s body…..

President Kennedy’s Bubbletop Car

1961 Lincoln Presidential Bubble Top Parade Limousine Kennedy Assasinated Nov. 1963 rvr (H Ford Museum) CLYou may have heard people say that President Kennedy would have never been assassinated in Dallas if he ordered the bubbletop to remain on his limo.  Today we take a look at the actual car he was riding in that day and what it tells us about the security of our presidents on the road…..

A Luxurious and Secure Automobile Collection

Today we begin a three part series on one of the most luxurious and secure automobiles in America – the limo of the President of the United States…..

A Great Collection of Buildings

The birthplace of America is often considered to be Independence Hall, the site  of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  You can go to Philadelphia and see it yet today.  But one man may have wanted the entire building moved to a new site…..