Dec 21-07

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2007: December: Dec 21-07
Behind Baraga State Park    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Donna MacIntosh
Deer beds    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Donna MacIntosh

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 03:53 am:

Hiding behind the Baraga State Park, you'll find a set of railroad tracks. Now I didn't know these were there, but Donna MacIntosh obviously did and decided to snap a shot of them to share with us. I'm glad she did, because it's always neat to learn something new about the area. If only these tracks could talk, I bet we'd hear some good stories about what kind of travelers rode these rails. Hopefully someone can fill us in on these railroad tracks. Are they still in use for Pettibone perhaps? Where do they lead too? Or are they used for snowmobiling now? Inquiring minds want to know!

And speaking of tracks that are hidden, Donna also came across these tracks in the second picture, which are signs of deer bedding down under the trees. That's another sight you don't often see, unless of course you do some snowy exploring in the woods this time of year.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 06:31 am:

I remember hearing and feeling the trains go by when my family
camped there when I was a little girl (many moons ago).

By Heikki (Heikki) on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 06:56 am:

My late uncle was a teller of corny jokes. One of his favorites when driving over a railroad crossing was stating, "Looks as though a train just went through." If asked how he knew, his standard reply, "Can't you see its tracks?"

By paul (Pungvait) on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 07:24 am:

the tracks to Baraga are used as needed - Terex, Pettibone, and log loading. Canadian/Canadien National goes to L'anse 3 times per week for Celotex and lots of logs

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 07:56 am:

Ooooh, Mary!
"what kind of travelers road these rails.(?)"

Gotta get up purty early to fool da speller feller!
(Just teasin' ya Mary; feelin' feisty after wrapping up an all-nighter! Besides, you don't make many misteaks fer me to ketch!)

Speaking of an all-nighter, that's my excuse for the use of the wrong spelling. I did this one in the wee hours of the morning. Besides, I have to do something like this now and again to keep you on your toes, FRNash! :->

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 08:29 am:

Pytavey, If those railroad tracks are hiding behind the Baraga State Park, they are none other than the tracks that were used by the ol' Copper Country Limited/Milwaukee Road running from Chicago to Houghton and Calumet before the last run on Thursday, March 7, 1968.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 09:09 am:

regarding the deer bed and Marianne's post yesterday about her son hitting a deer on I 75, I have to wonder why the deer seem to want to cross I 75 cyclically. I used to trek up once or twice a year to see my parents. One year I stopped counting at 23 killed deer along the shoulder of I 75. Other years I did not see any. I really wonder why.

Thank goodness your son made it home, Marianne.

By Bill Denning (Parpagayo) on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 09:48 am:

The Copper Country Limited, now there's a memory!

When I was little we used to take that to Chicago, and change trains to the Santa Fe Texas Chief to come visit my grandmother in Texas. The southbound CCL was an overnight train, and we had most of the day in Chicago before continuing south.

I remember going to Marshall Field's and looking at the big Christmas displays of toy / model trains. They really had a big layout!

By john ricard (Jricard) on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 01:56 pm:

used to ride those rails from chicago to hancock as a child. have not had any luck trying to find fotos or stories regarding the milwaukee road in the u.p. same goes or the "old" bridge circa 1959 (?) grandparents lived at 513 hancock st.

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 05:09 pm:

Message for Lil Korri:
Regarding your Pasty Cam registration. The email we sent you with your login information was returned as "undeliverable", "User unknown". Apparently when you registered your email address didn't get entered correctly.
So if you email me at: we can get this straightened out for you.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Friday, December 21, 2007 - 09:30 pm:

john ricard (Jricard):
"… fotos or stories regarding the … "old" bridge circa 1959 …"

Here are a few links relating to the old bridge(es):

1. Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2001:
Sep 02-01, Memories of the Portage crossing

2. Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004:
Aug 29-04, Completing the span

3. Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005:
Apr 10-05, Remembering a bridge wreck

4. Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005:
July 10-05, Canal walker

5. Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2007:
Feb 11-07, As seen in 1959

6. Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) PastyCam Guest Photo Gallery, Old & New bridges together 1958/59.

7. The Copper Range Railroad and Copper Country Historical Page,
Three Spans over the Portage

By john ricard (Jricard) on Monday, December 24, 2007 - 01:46 pm:

frnash, thanks for the input. lots of memories here for me. still not much on the milwaukee road. anyone ? jricard

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