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2002: Historic Locomotive    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by John Hunter
2003: A Caterpillar Memory    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Ned Aldridge
2017: Construction Zone    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Mary Drew
Forestry in the U.P.    ...click to play video
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 06:59 am:

Today's look back into the archives is like a young boy's dream…all kinds of big equipment. Trains, Caterpillars and Bulldozers, oh my! We start in Lake Linden, back in 2002, when John Hunter was on hand as the #3 steam engine arrived at its new home, the Houghton County Historical Museum, ready to begin pulling trainloads of visitors around the campus.

The second photo was taken around 1950 and shared by Ned Aldridge back in 2003. The tractor is a Caterpillar Model D8 crawler tractor, the largest built at that time. It was owned Ned's uncle, Ray Aldridge who is the man standing on the ground. The man at the controls of the machine (the far side) is Ned's dad, Harry Aldridge and the man on the near side is his uncle James Aldridge. They were all part of his uncle's sawmill and logging operation based in the Fulton Location.

The construction equipment in the third photo is part of the job going on at the Lake Linden Schools at the moment. These three machines are working on the parking lot behind the bus garage, getting it ready for some improvements for the coming school year. I can just imagine how excited the kids in the playground would be if these machine were there working during the school year.

Today's video has some big equipment in it, too. Forestry and logging machinery at work, along with a story about sustainable tree harvesting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 07:20 am:

Amazing how forestry has changed over the years!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 07:21 am:

Nice pix, video and a colorful & diverse review, as well!

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 03:52 pm:

buck (Jbuck):
"Amazing how forestry has changed over the years!"

Oboy, has it ever! From the two-man crosscut saw, double-bit axe and a team of horses to the "big boy" toys in the above video!

I'm glad I actually got to witness the former as a kid, and sorry I missed the latter!

Omigosh, writing that makes me feel like a dinosaur! 😎

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