Monday, August 29, 2011

Our time in Baraga, MI–Aug 23-25, 2011

Before we left the Ishpeming/Marquette area it was time to stalk up on almond butter, this was the best kind, grind it yourself.  Also since Bob had switched to almond butter from peanut butter, we go through it faster.


This is our home, the Ojibwa Casino in Baraga, for the next three nights until we can get into the City RV park in Houghton (pronounced Hoe-ton).  The Casino has twelve level RV full hookup sites, in fact, this is the first full hookup site we have had in the U.P.  Four sites have 50 amp, the rest 30 amp.



This is a memorial to Bishop Frederic Baraga, Apostle of the Chippewas.  He founded a Catholic Indian Mission in 1843 in this area. 






Talk about a fancy garage door and a brightly painted home!


Not far from Baraga is the historic Alberta Village.   One of the sawmills of the Ford Motor Company to provide the wood for the Ford vehicles.  Until 1937, the frames were made of wood.  After that, the station wagons’ sides were made of wood.


“Like many of Henry Ford's pet projects, the prim 1930s sawmill (rear) and powerhouse (foreground) at Alberta combined his economic and social goals. The timber sawn for his autos was logged from 400,000 acres of Ford-owned U.P. forests near Sidnaw, Pequaming, Big Bay, and elsewhere. Millhands and their families lived in adjoining Ford-designed Cape Cod houses, agreeing to live by his many rules.”

The Sawmill.





At the visitor center, this woodworking display shows some very unique gifts.  Would you pay $17,000 for this rocker in birdseye maple, called Born to be Wild?  The builder hopes so.  Check out his website.



I do pity the two horses in the photo below,  A World’s Fair Load of Logs, 36,055 feet,  Feb 26, 1893.


Below is a two weeks pay envelope from Nov 1947, gross wages was $226.82, along with withholding for SS, Federal withholding,  U.S. Savings Bonds, Group Insurance, Union Dues and CIO Assessment.  But best of all, “There’s a Future with Ford”. 



We both enjoyed our visit to the Hanka Homestead.  It has survived since 1920 pretty much as it was then.  This is Herman Hanka.








Their smoke house and sauna.




Back at the coach, we had a repair job to do.  One of the slide toppers was starting to tear.  This topper had been replaced about 18 months ago.  I had kept the old one,  just in case we might need some of the fabric and it worked out well as I sewed a small patch and also removed some of the thread  from a hem to stitch the patch in place.  The sewing begins, with Bob on top and me on the ladder using needle nose pliers to pull the needle through the fabric layers.



The final patch was not pretty, but hopefully will stop any further tearing.


Mr. Turtle basking in the sun.

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