Thursday, August 11, 2011

Aug 7-10, 2011, Ishpeming, MI

Sunday, Aug 7th

A short drive to Negaunee, and we found a very nice Historical Museum.  So much local history was in this two story home plus a basement.  Nicely done kitchen.

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I was surprised to see that the KKK made its presence in the Upper Peninsula, right in Negaunee.003

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This would have been one of the first cameras I remember using. The Brownie by Kodak which used C-120 film that you loaded yourself.

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Republic, Aug 8, 2011

This is the Republic Open Pit Iron Ore Mine, Upper Peninsula’s only open pit ore mine open to the public. 

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Then on to Michigamme, where we enjoyed their Historical Museum.   Did you know in the 1920’s  Henry Ford owned and operated a mine in this area.

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Read below about the “dimpled knee controversy”. 

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Behind the museum was this restored Dompierre Cabin.  Moved a few blocks to its current location, has been undergoing restoration since 2001.

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No visit to the UP would be complete without a stop at the Da Yoopers Tourist Trap.

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Shopping and

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silliness.

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Aug 9, 2011

Marquette is about a 15 minutes drive from our RV park in Ishpeming.  Our first stopping point was Presque Isle Park, the northern most area of Marquette.   From the park we saw this freighter docked next to the ore dock.  The ore bins or pockets are filled with taconite by gravity from the rail cars above.

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Some info about taconite. “After World War II, much of the high grade iron ore in the United States had been mined out, and taconite became a new source of iron. To process taconite, the ore is ground into a fine powder, the magnetite is separated from the waste rock by strong magnets, the powdered iron concentrate is combined with a binder such as bentonite clay and limestone as a flux, and rolled into pellets about one centimeter in diameter containing approximately 65% iron.”

The freighter and filling chutes are perfectly aligned so when the chutes are lowered with a cable, they dump directly into the freighter’s hold.  The stern was loaded first, then the bow, then the middle.

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We enjoyed our picnic lunch watching the freighter, the Kaye E Barker.

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Love this periscope view of the Marquette Lighthouse.

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At the Marquette Maritime Museum they had a real periscope you could look out from.

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The Marquette Lighthouse.

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On display they had three Fresnel Lenses, a second, third and fourth order.

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I loved this flower, don’t know what it is though.

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4 comments:

Jim and Sandie said...

You guys really do get a lot done in a day. I loved the dimpled knee story. Oh the rebelliousness of youth. Thanks for the visit.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

We really enjoy small museums, they have such interesting local history.

Good pictures of the Lakers.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

I don't know if you should have posted that picture of yourself in that two holer outhouse on an RV blog.

You might give RV manufacturers a new idea... ;c)

dave mora said...

APPRECIATE THE PICTURES OF REPUBLIC MI. MY GRANDMOTHER AND MOTHER BUILT A LOG CABIN JUST SOUTH OF THE MINE ON SILVER BAY. THE NAME WAS BLOMBERG. I SPENT A COUPLE OF WEEKS EACH SUMMER IN THE AREA. DAVEMORA@KCSITES.COM

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