July 20-10

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2010: July: July 20-10
On the porch    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Laura Zerbst
In the kitchen    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Laura Zerbst
Interactive display    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Laura Zerbst
On the cannon    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Laura Zerbst

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 07:57 am:

Laura Zerbst and her family were recently up in Copper Harbor, camping at the Fort Wilkins campground, so of course they toured the Fort and took in all the fun things to do there. The little cutie in the first two photos looks like she could have been right there in the days when it was an operating military post. With that colorful long dress and her beautiful smile, she'd be a great addition to the period interpreters that you'll sometimes run into when visiting there. Laura's third photo is of a display in one of the buildings at the Fort and that's her daughter, too...who looks like she's having a grand time drumming to the beat. I bet she doesn't even realize she's learning about the history of that time period, while having that much fun. :-> And last, but not least, we have the obligatory "cannon" photo, which most folks that visit the Fort, seem to stop and snap. I bet if you ever visited Fort Wilkins as a youngster, you could search through your Shoebox of Memories from that time and come up with at least one similar photo. It's just such a great way to top off any visit there and preserve the memory of it.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 08:00 am:

What fun!!!

By Joy Brewer (Joy) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 08:06 am:

When we were living in the Copper Country, my sons would love it when company came, because it meant a trip to the fort in Copper Harbor. My boys loved the enactments that took place on the field. They always told me that they were going to be one of the actors there at the fort. Well, the youngest is an actor; he performs on stage not at one of his favorite parks. Have a great day everyone!

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 08:08 am:

I have a picture of my mom sitting on a bed in the single soilders, if you will, barrecks and a young man dressed in period military costume sitting on a bench next to the bed. ;O)

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 08:26 am:

Wow...cool photos! I didn't realize Fort Wilkins had so many activities. I used to play the drums; do you think they would let me play "Wipeout"? ;)

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 08:31 am:

Ft. Wilkins was pretty cool to tour! Copper Harbor rocks!

By Donna (Donna) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 09:50 am:

Oh yes....MANY pictures of the cannon with folks. When I was a "kid" we went on our 6th grade field trip to Fort Wilkins...I have a picture somewhere of the class on the flag "stand" (for lack of a better word)...Many trips through the fort.

I don't know if "WIPEOUT" would be what they wanted drummed at the Fort, Alex, but perhaps a Saturday nite at the Mariner? LOL

By Lisa R. (Sisugirl) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 10:06 am:

I love Fort Wilkins. A really nicely maintained and informative museum. Cute pictures... The children are adorable, especially the bitty one. I'm going to be UP in less than three weeks (western UP). I can't wait! Have a nice day all!

By Tom (Tom) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 10:31 am:

when I was a kid Ft. Wilkens wasn't a state park. It was a bit run down at that time. The road up was treacherous------the western road had a bridge that was one lane. My mother would close her eyes until we were across. When was this???? Late 1930s.

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 11:33 am:

This is to much! When at the Car Show on Saturday, brother & me got there early, our ladies had to work & came up later in the day. Sister in law wanted to go to the Fort, so we did around 5:00 pm.I played the drum & was smiling just like Laura's daughter. Alex, wipeout is not on the list of buttons that your to push to hear & see if you can repeat the beat. It is a wonderful time to be here in the Copper Country for these hot Summer time day's that I recall when I had my picture taken in front of the cannon. Looking at my scrapbook from back then it don't look like I am any less of a kid then I was in the 1950's.. Thank's for the pictures the last two days, & always.

By Ashley Stelmack (Ashleymack) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 02:43 pm:

Tom, I don't know the exact dates of when this all happened but my dad's great uncle was Mort North. Some time ago (prolly 1920s???) Uncle Mort bought one square acre of land in Copper Harbor and it included The Fort and I believe the light house as well. Mort lived in The Fort for some bit and started to rehab it till the state came in and said, "You can't really own a historical landmark like this." The State bought the land from him and then began a serious rehab project to make it into a State Park. The rest of the land became the Northland Trust and is currently all privatly owned. We still have our piece of land on the lakeshore and it's truly my family's little piece of Heaven. I've heard bits and pieces of this story all my life from many people so I don't know any more details or if it's all truth but it's kinda cool to think about.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 03:27 pm:

Looks like they could be future history buffs, if they're not already.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 03:29 pm:

We're bringing our youngest son up to Houghton in a month, to begin his freshman year Michigan Tech. I am really hoping that we can make it up to Copper Harbor, and to have a picnic at Fort Wilkins. We love visiting the Fort!

By Uncle Chuck at Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 03:48 pm:

Congrats Marianne on your youngest going to MTU, Your family is really a MTU family aren't they? Sure wish I was starting my freshman year, boy would I do things a bit differently. I'd still go to NMU though, I liked the school, got my B.S. in Bus. Mgt., loved the city and the Hockey teams not too bad either! (sorry had to get that in, just for the Capt.) lol

Hope you get a chance to see Copper Harbor and the Fort as well.


By jbuck (Jbuck) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 08:29 pm:

Good one Uncle Chuck!! Go Cats go!!!

By Sue Conte (Ferndalesue) on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 09:32 pm:

I loved Fort Wilkins. A definite favorite of mine. I loved looking at the old turn-of-the century pictures when people use to picnic at the old Fort before it was renovated.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 08:44 am:

Sweet pictures all!

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