Jun 23-08

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Photo by Robert C. Wetton

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 05:35 am:

Summer residents are back in the Bootjack area, including Robert C. Wetton, the man who captured today's photo from his shoreline view. RCW is one of the folks that are fondly labeled "snowbirds", by the rest of us Yoopers that don't head south each winter. Although, he doesn't head very far south, just to Dollar Bay, so he never gets lonesome for sunsets such as this, with the pink reflecting off the cover of clouds. Sure have to admit, I'm a bit jealous that the Wetton's get to look out their window all summer long and take in the sunset each night. I wonder if they ever get tired of all that beauty? :->

By Jack K (Jackinct) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 07:31 am:

I don't know if it's possible to get tired of looking at scenery like that but I sure would like to give it a try to see how long I could last!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 08:01 am:

Absolutely gorgeous!

By Vicky P (Vickyp) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 08:09 am:

I'm with you Jack. I can't imagine that it would be possible to tire of looking at something like that!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 08:12 am:

Early mornings, sometimes the best part of the day!

By Jeff Kalember (Jeffkal) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 08:15 am:

wow, dollar bay is now "heading south" !!! that's hilarious !! great pic RCW.

By Donald R. Elzinga (Donagain) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 09:55 am:

With the hockey season over I was surfing the tube last night at 8PM and came across the World Poker Tour! and there at the final table sat Michigan Tech's own Ted Kearly! He apparently had been having a string of luck on a visit to Vegas winning more than enough for the entrance fee for one of the 3 or 4 hundred seats in the tournament. His luck continued right up to the last but his second place was worth $1,250,000.00. before taxes. He was wearing his "lucky green sweater"?

By Doug Smith (Smitty) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 11:03 am:

Another great place to behold a summer sunset is over on Bete Gris. Have photographed many a beautiful sunset there ... and even just watched a few sometimes too :o) (My wife thanks me...)

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 11:56 am:

The color in those low clouds is beautiful.

By RCW (Rcw) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 02:21 pm:

Hey Jeff , I think Mary meant we travel north to $ Bay in the fall and back south to Bootjack in the summer. Just an honest mistake. Whatever, we sure miss the sunset's when in the Bay.

By Bob Gilreath (Bobg) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 03:12 pm:

Hmm I see my fishing Hole from here ;-)

Be there in about 2 hours.

Its too nice today not to hit the water.

By Bob Gilreath (Bobg) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 03:21 pm:


By Walter P McNew (Waltermcnew) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 06:44 pm:

go irish green is it===========i remain walter p.

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 11:06 pm:

Dollar Bay is south and west of Bootjack.

By Barbara King (Babsking7) on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 04:03 am:

Can't wait to see this view in person in August while snuggled up in
my sis and bro-in law's cabin in Bootjack. Hopefully with fewer
clouds though. Have had our share of clouds in the last month out
here in the Great Northwest thank you.....

By RCW (Rcw) on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 06:37 pm:

Gee Dave, have you ever been to Bootjack, its definitely South/SE of $ Bay!!!

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 01:52 am:

Bootjack vs. Dollar Bay?

I guess in part this directional puzzlement is due to the nature of "Bootjack". Where is it? What is it? In spite of having family in "Bootjack" since at least the early 1900's, I'm still unsure exactly where it is.1

In a way, you could say "Bootjack" comprises:

1. All or part of the eastern shore of Torch Lake, along and either side of CR-641 (Bootjack Road), from perhaps the Traprock River to "Dreamland" (i.e. the Bootjack Road / Jacobsville Road junction).

2. Or does "Bootjack" include the area further south, along Bootjack Road? As far as White City?

3. Or is "Bootjack" wholly contained within Torch Lake Twp, or also partly in Schoolcraft Twp (i.e. north of Rice Lake Road)?

4. How far does "Bootjack" extend inland, east of Bootjack Road? Does it include Grand Traverse Bay? Little Traverse Bay? Rice Lake? Mud Lake? Rabbit Bay? The remainder of the peninsula, down to Jacobsville?

The northern end of Bootjack Road, at Rice Lake Road, for example is clearly northeast (56.4°) of Dollar Bay, while Dreamland is generally east southeast (108.2°) of Dollar Bay.

Of course I also find a boat ramp about 4.25 miles south of Dreamland, along Bootjack Road to be south southeast (157.5°) of Dollar Bay, so it's all kinda relative!

Will the real "Bootjack" please stand up!

[1 This is really quite a common geographic anomaly in da Copper Country. There are a multitude of historical "locations" and the like, of semi-ambiguous location and extent, all quite well known to the local populace, but not included on any map, and often bearing no highway/roadway signage, and quite a mystery to tourists. Example: Florida Location. — At least there is (was?) a "Florida" road sign, but is that the same as Florida Location?]

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 07:24 am:

To me, Jacobsville is Jacobsville, not Bootjack. Rice Lake is Rice Lake, not Bootjack. It's always been called the Rice Lake Road, not the Bootjack Road. I've always considered Bootjack to start not too long after LeBlanc's place and go all the way down the road, but not the turn to go to Jacobsville. It's always been called the Bootjack Road, and I consider all of the homes and cottages along that road, to be Bootjack. We went camping out there one summer, quite a ways past Dreamland, at a little resort. There was a little store not far from there, and we used to watch the South American go by. Now that boat was exciting to see to a kid.

Mary says: Funny you should mention the South American Deb, I just had photos of the South American printed from slides that my Uncle took in the early 1950's. It was just pulling up to the dock in Houghton near the old Cohodas Building. I'll scan the picture later and post it.

As for the Bootjack location debate, I didn't mean to start such a complicated geographical dilemma! When I said RCW (and the Mrs.) go south from Bootjack to Dollar Bay for the winter, I wasn't thinking about the actual location of the land mass in relation to each other, it just "seems" like when you leave Bootjack and head towards Dollar Bay, you're going south. In actuality though, RCW's "summer home" is south of Dollar Bay. When you look across the lake you see homes that are in the Point Mills area or south of Houghton, depending how far out in Bootjack you are.
I know, I know, FRNash, that STILL doesn't answer the question you asked..."Where 'exactly' is Bootjack?" :->

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 03:28 pm:

Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper):
"Jacobsville is Jacobsville, not Bootjack. Rice Lake is Rice Lake, not Bootjack."

That would have been my understanding as well, Deb.

By the way, I see that the AT&T on-line directory is now showing "Torch Lake, MI 49945" (notably not "Lake Linden, MI 49945"), for addresses on Bootjack Road, for whatever that may be worth (not much, I'd guess).

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 08:25 pm:

It never ceases to amaze me what you can find in Wikipedia. As to my earlier question: "Where exactly is "Bootjack", look what I just stumbled upon today. Not Bootjack, but Dreamland! Of course I've known of the Dreamland Hotel/Bar/Restaurant since I was a youngster, but I never knew this:


[Dreamland] has been described as being a "district of Bootjack" or in Bootjack, but is usually recognised as a separate town. The town consists almost entirely of the Dreamland Inn (sometimes called the Dreamland Bar & Restaurant, Dreamland Hotel or "Dreamland Hotel and bar;" it is often referred to as being in Lake Linden -- due to that being its mailing address) and some docks on Torch Bay.

Strange there's that much on Dreamland, but nothing any more specific on Bootjack!

Then there's this on Torch Lake Township.

Who here has ever heard of Chickenville (a.k.a. Chickensville):


Chickenville (sometimes called "Chickensville Location") is an unincorporated community between Lake Linden and Hubbell on M26

or Linwood:


Linwood is a tiny unincorporated community immediately to the northwest of Chickenville

I certainly ever heard of them!
Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 09:00 pm:

I've heard of both Chickensville AND Linwood. And now my son lives in a section of Hubbell that's listed on his home deed as Melonville! That one I had never heard of before, though. Amazing what you can find on Wikipedia, for sure! :-)

By Daniel C. Boyer (Danielcboyer) on Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 04:08 pm:

I've heard of both Chickensville and Linwood; this is actually the Linwood centennial, tho' I expect everyone will just ignore it. There is not only a sign for Chickensville Location, there is a private postal cancellation. Melonville is a new one on me -- is Melonville just a neighbourhood of Hubbell rather than a separate town as are Chickensville and Linwood? I believe Florida and Florida Location are one and the same though I am open to correction on this point. Some of these locations (Linwood and Florida) can be found on a number of maps, both conventional and the newfangled computerized maps, though I've yet to find Chickensville on any map.

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